Front Forks And Heads Patents (Class 280/279)
  • Patent number: 10858061
    Abstract: An integrated handlebar system that provides a multi-functional handlebar for a cycle or similar vehicle. The system includes a sub-component housing containing a battery, a handlebar configured to attach to and steer the cycle, a cross-member extending between the left hand end and right hand end. The cross-member includes a subcomponent housing; an energy storage module mechanically coupled to the subcomponent housing; a user interface fixed to the subcomponent housing, and a speaker, a microphone, and at least one manual input connected to the subcomponent housing. The user interface communicates a command from a user. The subcomponent housing also includes a communication module that is electrically coupled to the energy storage module. The communication module includes a transceiver electrically coupled to the energy storage module, wherein the transceiver is configured to wirelessly communicate with at least one external communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Carla Marie Montez, Landis Arnold
  • Patent number: 10857949
    Abstract: A bicycle carrier for securing a bicycle on top of a vehicle is disclosed, including a fork mount and a tail mount. The fork mount is configured to clamp a first crossbar of the vehicle, while the tail mount is configured to clamp a second crossbar of the vehicle. The fork mount includes a passage and a pair of inserts configured to be secured at opposing ends of the passage. A skewer is configured to protrude through apertures in a front fork of a bicycle, through the pair of inserts, and through the passage to secure the front fork to the fork mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Lesley
  • Patent number: 10850561
    Abstract: A bicycle wheel securing device comprises a shaft, an axial abutment structure, a bicycle-body engaging structure, a manual actuator, and a shaft-end retaining structure. The shaft has a first shaft end, a second shaft end, and a longitudinal center axis. The manual actuator is operatively connected to the axial abutment structure to bias the axial abutment structure against a first wheel attachment part of a bicycle body in response to operation of the manual actuator in a securing state where the bicycle-body engaging structure is engaged with a second wheel attachment part of the bicycle body. The shaft-end retaining structure is at least partly disposed at the second shaft end to retain the second shaft end in the first wheel attachment part in a maintenance state where the second shaft end is positioned in the first wheel attachment part of the bicycle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Kenji Kamada
  • Patent number: 10812645
    Abstract: A handlebar system that provides a multi-functional handlebar component for a cycle or similar vehicle. The system includes a housing containing a battery, a handlebar mount configured to attach to the cycle, a subcomponent housing; an energy storage module mechanically coupled to the subcomponent housing; a user interface fixed to the subcomponent housing, and including a speaker, a microphone, and at least one manual input. The user interface is adapted to communicate a command from a user; a communication module fixed to the subcomponent housing and electrically coupled to the energy storage module, the communication module including a transceiver electrically coupled to the energy storage module. The transceiver configured to wirelessly communicate with at least one external communication network and a memory electrically coupled to the energy storage module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Carla Marie Montez, Gabriel Sarikov
  • Patent number: 10780736
    Abstract: A dropout assembly comprises a first dropout that includes a first through hole configured to receive an axle for a bicycle wheel. The dropout assembly also comprises a second dropout that includes a second through hole and a mounting surface. The second through hole is configured to receive the axle for the bicycle wheel. The dropout assembly also includes a rotational control mechanism that is configured to mount to the mounting surface of the second dropout. The rotational control mechanism includes a nut and a nut cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Trek Bicycle Corporation
    Inventor: Sridharan Madhaven
  • Patent number: 10752315
    Abstract: A shock absorption device includes first and second assemblies, at least one pivot component and a buffering component. The first assembly is adapted to be connected to a first component of a bicycle and has at least one conical hole. The second assembly is adapted to be connected to a second component of the bicycle. The pivot component is fastened on the second assembly and has a conical portion. The conical portion is inserted into the conical hole such that the first and second assemblies are pivoted to each other. The conical portion is leaned against and fitted on the conical hole. The buffering component is disposed between the first and second assemblies. When the first and second assemblies rotate relatively to each other by taking a central axis of the conical hole as a rotation axis, force between the first and second assemblies is buffered by the buffering component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Teng Chiang, Chao-Shun Yang, Chia-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 10730345
    Abstract: Skewer for tightening a cycle wheel to the cycle frame, such skewer including a first end having a threaded portion cooperable with a female thread of a first frame portion, and a second end having axial abutment mechanisms for contacting a second frame portion, as well as drive mechanisms to enable a user to alternately exert a tightening torque or a loosening torque. A torque limiting mechanism operational in the tightening direction is positioned between the drive mechanisms and the rod. The skewer further includes a braking device to increase the torque required to initiate the rotation of the drive mechanisms in the loosening direction. The braking device includes two mutually contacting friction surfaces when the axial abutment mechanisms are in contact with the second frame portion. When the torque limiting mechanism is operational, the braking device becomes non-operational because the friction surfaces are no longer in mutual contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MAVIC S.A.S.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Mercat
  • Patent number: 10689056
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method is provided for preventing the communication of contaminants between connected hollow interiors of tubes of a frame, such as a bicycle frame, for example. A hollow insert may be positioned inside a first tube of a frame such that seals on bottom and top portions of the insert are radially sealed against an interior surface of the first tube on either side of an open intersection between the first tube and other tubes of the frame, so that the interior of the first tube is not open to the interiors of the other tubes of the frame. Contaminants that then enter the first tube, such as through the headset of a bicycle head tube, for example, pass through the interior of the insert and out the bottom of the first tube, instead of passing into the interior of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew Hendey
  • Patent number: 10661850
    Abstract: A front structure of a saddled vehicle having a meter unit of a less thickness and rendering meter-side and wiring-side couplers hardly visible from the outside is disclosed. The front structure includes a stem shaft rotatably mounted through a head pipe disposed in a front portion of a vehicle body frame and steerably supporting a front wheel, a top bridge coupling the stem shaft with a handle, a meter unit disposed in front of the top bridge and including a meter display on a top face of the meter unit, a meter-side coupler disposed on the meter unit, and a wiring-side coupler disposed on a side of wiring connected to the meter-side coupler, wherein the meter unit includes a coupler support member extending behind the meter display and supporting the meter-side coupler, and the coupler support member is disposed below the top bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Fukuyama, Sekai Yamazaki, Yasushi Takahashi, Souichiro Makino
  • Patent number: 10513305
    Abstract: The present invention is an assembly of bicycle frame, fork, and handlebar stem that improves the safety and performance of bicycle riding by placing a mechanical bearing above the handlebar stem which reduces the torsional stress on the fork steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Veselin Mandaric
  • Patent number: 10479437
    Abstract: An apparatus for a bicycle including a stem body and a mount. The stem body can include at least one handlebar clamping surface and at least one mount clamping surface. The mount can include a first clamping surface. The first clamping surface can be configured to match at least one mount clamping surface. The mount can be configured to clamp between the stem body and a handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Trek Bicycle Corporation
    Inventor: Ryan Galstad
  • Patent number: 10442490
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foldable tricycle, operable between a first mode of operation steerable by a tricycle rider, and a second mode of operation steerable by an attendant pushing the tricycle. The tricycle comprising: a pair of rear wheels; a foldable seat comprising a chair and a back support, for accommodating said tricycle rider; a foldable arm rest, connected to said foldable seat; a parental handle, for steering said tricycle by said attendant pushing the tricycle; a main frame, configured to rotatably hold said rear support, to support said foldable seat, to rotatably support said rider handle, to rotatably support said fork; and a latching mechanism, capable of locking and unlocking the rotatable movement, of the rear support, in relations to the main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SMART TRIKE MNF PTE LTD.
    Inventor: Yoram Baron
  • Patent number: 10427749
    Abstract: A bicycle fork having a steerer tube assembly having top and bottom steerer tube sections wherein the length of the steerer tube assembly is adjustable by interchanging top steerer tube sections of differing lengths is described. The top and bottom steerer tube sections include one or more meshing teeth and valleys that facilitates the transfer of torque when the top and bottom steerer tube sections are joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas M Salazar
  • Patent number: 10421517
    Abstract: Headsets and head tube assemblies for vehicles are provided. A vehicle includes a steerer tube and a head tube. A headset rotatably connects the steerer tube and the head tube. The headset includes a coupling ring which includes a body and a central bore defined in and extending through the body. The coupling ring is connectable to and rotatable with the steerer tube. The headset further includes a cup which includes a body and a central bore defined in and extending through the body. The cup is connectable to and rotatable with the head tube. The headset further includes a damper assembly, the damper assembly including a first damper element rotatable with the steerer tube and a second damper element rotatable with the head tube, the first damper element and the second damper element in frictional contact with and rotatable relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CANE CREEK CYCLING COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Philip Coaplen, James Gray Morrison
  • Patent number: 10377437
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an internal steering structure of a front wheel hub of a portable two-wheeled vehicle including a front wheel mounted on a front end of a vehicle body of a two-wheeled vehicle, a handlebars provided at a front end of a vehicle body of a two-wheeled vehicle, and a steering bearing sleeve vertically fixed to the front end of the vehicle body. The steering bearing sleeve is provided with a steering bearing fixing rod which is rotatable within the steering bearing sleeve. The steering bearing fixing rod is fixedly connected to the handlebars and is rotated synchronously with the handlebars. A rotatable front wheel is provided on the steering bearing fixing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING JIAN XING TIAN XIA ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xianglin Ouyang
  • Patent number: 10293879
    Abstract: A bicycle handlebar assembly comprises a base bar, a v-shaped stem selectively removable from the base bar, and a bicycle fork assembly. Control cables from the bicycle may be routed from the base bar into hollow diverging stem members of the v-shaped stem. The bicycle fork assembly comprises an external-steerer fork having a load-bearing member and a preload tensioning rod. The preload tensioning rod fits within a head tube of the bicycle, and a hollow space around the preload tensioning rod accommodates control cables passing from the v-shaped stem into a hollow portion of the bicycle frame. The v-shaped stem is secured against the base bar by a pair of nut plates. In some examples, an engagement portion of an accessory such as an aerobar extension assembly is configured to secure the v-shaped stem and an aerobar extension against the base bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PON Bicycle I B.V.
    Inventors: David Killing, Jonathon Edward Max Strack, Robert James Pike
  • Patent number: 10202165
    Abstract: A wheel-securing axle secures a wheel to a bicycle body. The axle has a shaft and a one-way clutch mechanism. The axle includes a shaft that has a threaded section and a rotational center axis. The one-way clutch mechanism includes a lock member for contacting the bicycle body. The one-way clutch mechanism permits relative rotation between the lock member and the shaft in a first direction about the rotational center axis and limits relative rotation between the lock member and the shaft in a second direction. The lock member limits relative rotation between the shaft and the bicycle body in the first direction when the lock member contacts the bicycle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Jun Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10167040
    Abstract: A bicycle suspension stem with an integrated pivot between a static part and a suspended part to provide vibration and impact absorption is provided. A bicycle stem includes a static part configured to connect to a steerer of a bicycle fork, the static part comprising a protrusion, a suspended part rotatably connected to the static part and configured to connect to a handlebar, and a biasing member disposed between the protrusion and an inside surface of the suspended part to resist rotation of the suspended part about the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Redshift Sports LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Dewei Ahnert, Erik Teig De Brun, Scott David Poff
  • Patent number: 10131398
    Abstract: A shock-absorbent structure of an electric carrier is assembled with a steering system. The steering system includes a steering axis and two wheels linked with the steering axis. The shock-absorbent structure of an electric carrier includes a steering assembly and a wheel axle assembly. The steering assembly includes a bushing, a steering connecting portion connected to the bushing, and an accommodating space. The wheel axle assembly includes a body, two axle connecting members respectively disposed at two ends of the body, a body opening penetrating the body, an elastic body disposed between the body and the bushing, and a pressing member passing the body opening. The pressing member abuts at one end of the body corresponding to the bushing when the elastic body is in a diastolic state, and moves away from the bushing when the elastic body is in a compressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KUIANDA COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Mao-Chiang Chen
  • Patent number: 10046825
    Abstract: An adjustable handlebar stem assembly includes a vertical tube with a head which has a toothed face. A stem includes two plates which are pivotably connected to the head and includes a clamping portion to clamp a handlebar thereto. A pawl member is pivotably located between the two plates and includes press end and an engaging portion on two ends thereof. The engaging portion has teeth removably engaged with the toothed face. A restriction rod extends through one of the two plates and is connected to a restriction member. A quick-release is pivotably engaged with a curved and recessed face of the pawl member. The quick-release includes a recess with which the restriction member is engaged. The quick-release cannot be pivoted when the restriction member is not moved and disengaged from the recess of the quick-release, so that the stem is not pivoted relative to the vertical tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KALLOY INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chao-Hu Chen
  • Patent number: 10040506
    Abstract: A cycle includes steering handles having one or more of a brake controller, a gear shifter, a throttle, and/or an electronic display. The cables for one or all of these components are inside the steering handle in the area adjacent to the hand grip of the steering handle. The brake controller can be used to simultaneously activate two or more brake assemblies. The cycle can be any suitable cycle such as a bicycle or a tadpole tricycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Recreation Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Martin Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10029514
    Abstract: A tensioning device for bicycle front and rear wheel assemblies. A skewer assembly with a thumbnut is securable to the wheel assembly with a quick-release assembly. Portions of the skewer assembly are removable from the quick-release assembly by turning the thumbnut a partial turn, such as a quarter of a turn. Removal of the skewer assembly allows the front wheel to be removed. In another embodiment, the skewer assembly is able to be removed by turning the quick-release assembly by a partial turn, such as a quarter of a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Darrell W. Voss
  • Patent number: 10011315
    Abstract: A straddle-type vehicle comprises a vehicle body frame including a head pipe, and a front frame extending rearward from the head pipe; a motor placed below the front frame and supported on the front frame; a control device which controls the motor; and a support member placed in front of the head pipe, the control device being fastened to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishii, Daisuke Saeki, Tomo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9889904
    Abstract: A front end assembly that simplifies assembling of bicycles includes a threaded center bolt, a stem body, a stem tube, a frame head tube, and a fork steering tube with a wedge immovably fixed therein. The wedge includes a stem interface that complementarily fits with the stem tube to rotationally align the fork, and a bolt interface that engages the center bolt. The steering tube is inserted into the head tube from the bottom, and the stem tube is inserted into the head tube from the top. The center bolt threadably engages the bolt interface of the wedge to secure components together. The position of the wedge within the stem tube vertically aligns the stem body with respect to the fork steering tube. Automated alignment and tensioning eliminates much guesswork, and the assembly process is shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Terence Gregory Blake
  • Patent number: 9862450
    Abstract: A bicycle handlebar assembly having a handlebar attachment mounted fixedly connected to a fork of the bicycle and oriented forwards with respect to it, elongated mainly according to its own longitudinal axis (B) inclined with respect to the direction of forward movement (A) of the bicycle by an angle a smaller than +/?12┬░; a handlebar rod, provided with handgrips at opposite ends thereof; a front seat) formed in the handlebar attachment for abutment of a central area of the handlebar rod; a stop removably fixed to said handlebar attachment through attachment screws to lock the handlebar rod in the seat of the handlebar attachment. The stop comprises at least one open strap, with a central portion arranged in circumferential direction around the handlebar rod and two rear arms extending in tangential direction with respect to the central portion for fixing to the handlebar attachment by means of the attachment screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: CAMPAGNOLO S.R.L.
    Inventor: Mario Meggiolan
  • Patent number: 9682740
    Abstract: A replacement neck assembly for a motorcycle modifies the motorcycle frame to accept a larger front wheel diameter than the factory original, the replacement neck assembly providing the replacement neck, an optional fairing mount, the replacement neck accepting a factory or modified triple tree, whereby the motorcycle frame can accept the large front wheel without affecting the operating height of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: MISFIT INDUSTRIES US LLC
    Inventors: Chris Eder, Christopher Jahn Moos
  • Patent number: 9663179
    Abstract: A handlebar stem for bicycle handlebars has a stem element connected to a holding element. The holding element has a tube opening and surrounds a steer tube in the mounted state. A clamping element is arranged in the holding element. Using a clamping device, a clamping force is exerted on the clamping element for fixing the handlebar stem to the steer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: CANYON BICYCLES GMBH
    Inventor: Lars Wagner
  • Patent number: 9610803
    Abstract: A quick release skewer assembly including a skewer shaft with a first end portion and a second end portion axially spaced from the first end portion, a first clamping element connected to the first end portion with a first grip face, a clamping assembly adjacent the second end portion including an anchor element, and a second clamping element with a second grip face. The first grip face is axially separated from the second grip face by a grip distance. The first clamping element is axially and rotationally engaged to the skewer. The anchor element is threadably connected to the skewer shaft such that the grip distance may be selectively threadably adjusted. The clamping assembly is operative to selectively displace the second grip face in a generally linear and axial direction between: (i) an open orientation where the grip distance is axially expanded and distal; and (ii) a closed orientation where the grip distance is axially contracted and proximal relative to the open orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Raphael Schlanger
  • Patent number: 9604693
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an adjustable suspension system for a vehicle comprises at least one strut. In one embodiment, the stanchion (or slider) is non-uniform with a major and minor circumferential stiffness and is adjustable relative to a fore and aft axis of the vehicle in order to provide a differing amount of stiffness relative thereto. In another embodiment, a portion of the stanchion is circular and a reinforcement is annularly disposed therearound with axial retention formations, The reinforcement has a non-uniform circumferential characteristic and is rotatable relative to the fore/aft axis of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Galasso, Wesley E. Allinger
  • Patent number: 9493034
    Abstract: A wheel securing assembly comprises a securing axle, a first locking structure, and a second locking structure. The first locking structure includes a first locking member that is configured to apply and release a securing force to and from a bicycle body. The second locking structure includes a second locking member movable relative to a second axle end to be in each of a locking orientation and an unlocking orientation different from the locking orientation. The second locking member includes a receiving surface contactable with the bicycle body to receive the securing force. The receiving surface is positioned relative to the securing axle to face in an axial direction parallel to a center axis in the locking orientation of the second locking member. The receiving surface is configured to face in a direction that is different from the axial direction in the unlocking orientation of the second locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 9446812
    Abstract: A bicycle stem that includes a tubular main body portion with an internal cavity and a first outer casing holder that is configured to hold an end of a first outer casing of a cable. The first outer casing holder is disposed in the internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Daisuke Nago
  • Patent number: 9409618
    Abstract: The device is designed to guide a flexible linking member passing into a bicycle frame to link a control member carried by bicycle handlebars to a receiver. The linking member (14) enters the bicycle frame via an inlet opening (15) formed in a head tube (1). The guide device (3) forms an insert that can be built into the head tube (1) and includes a guide channel (17) for the linking member (14) intended to communicate with the inlet opening (15). The insert (3) can be placed inside the head tube (1) in a seat (4) shared with an upper bearing (2) of a headset and has an internal face that can at least partially surround a fork steerer (6) inserted in the head tube (1), and an external face containing the guide channel (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Matthieu Lanz
  • Patent number: 9399497
    Abstract: A straddle vehicle includes a steering stem coupled to a handle; a head pipe into which the steering stem is inserted; and a ring-shaped seal member provided at an end portion of the head pipe to seal a gap between the head pipe and the steering stem; wherein the seal member has a lip portion provided on an inner peripheral portion thereof and an engagement portion provided on an outer peripheral portion thereof; wherein the engagement portion is engaged with an inner peripheral surface of the head pipe; and wherein the lip portion is biased to slidably contact an outer peripheral portion of the steering stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Watanabe, Taiga Takahashi, Shinsuke Nakazato, Takakiyo Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9376160
    Abstract: An axle assembly for a bicycle is disclosed. The axle assembly is configured to be installed at a mounting structure on the bicycle to mount a rotating hub of a wheel on the bicycle. The axle is secured to the mounting structure by a bolt; the bolt is nested in a retainer secured to the mounting structure. The axle has at least one non-circular section engaging a corresponding non-circular section of the mounting structure. The retainer is installed in a threaded section of the mounting structure. At initial installation of the axle assembly the retainer and the bolt of the axle assembly are installed on the mounting structure; subsequent installation and removal of the wheel/hub is accomplished by installation and removal of the axle performed by rotation of the bolt (using a tool or a tool-free feature) nested in the retainer. The axle assembly can be installed in the front fork (such as a front suspension fork) or the rear frame of the bicycle or other wheeled vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: HAYES BICYCLE GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Nicholas William Pye
  • Patent number: 9371109
    Abstract: A tricycle may be operable between a first mode of operation steerable by a tricycle rider, and a second mode of operation steerable by an individual pushing the tricycle. A rider handle, in the first mode, may be configured to be rotationally coupled with the stem in a manner permitting a tricycle rider to exert forces on the rider handle and thereby turn the fork, and the rider handle in the second mode, being configured to be rotationally uncoupled from the stem, preventing forces on the rider handle from turning the fork. At least one rotation restrictor may be included for preventing the front wheel from turning to a position where the front wheel axis leads the fork axis, and for maintaining the front wheel axis in a position trailing the fork axis both when the tricycle is propelled by a tricycle rider in the first mode and when the tricycle is pushed from behind in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Yoram Baron
  • Patent number: 9308960
    Abstract: A compression coupler is described that provides a robust and simple mechanism to couple threadless tubes in bicycles and/or scooters. Particularly, the handlebar/stem tube-to-fork joint is coupled with a compression sleeve. The coupler provides more surface area for binding and is tightened along a slot on the length of the coupler. The coupler can include a headtube bearing preloading mechanism , a keyway for aligning the handlebar/stem tube to the fork, and shims to accommodate different sized tubings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew David Broussard
  • Patent number: 9302729
    Abstract: A fork tube extension for motorcycles includes a cylindrical body having a reduced outer diameter at a first end forming a shoulder. A pair of the extensions is fitted between upper triple tree and lower triple tree portions of the motorcycle fork assembly. The fork tubes are fit up into the tube extensions in bored center cavities. Set screws provided in the cylindrical body are used to removably affix the fork tubes within the extensions. The depth of the center cavities determines the length of extension added to the fork tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Charles L. Brown
  • Patent number: 9278480
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for manufacturing composite material products, having the following operating steps: molding at least one main component made of a composite material and one or more secondary components made of a composite material by means of one or more main molds and one or more secondary molds, respectively; arranging one or more intermediate substrates of fibers, in particular carbon fibers, pre-impregnated with a resin, between the main component and/or the secondary components in a molding assembly comprising at least one main mold and/or one or more secondary molds; curing the resin of the intermediate substrates in the molding assembly, so that the main component and the secondary components are joined to each other through the intermediate substrates. The present invention also relates to a system which can be used in such process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Attilio Masini, Nicolo Pasini, Luigi De Sario
  • Patent number: 9266578
    Abstract: A replacement neck assembly for a motorcycle modifies the motorcycle frame to accept a larger front wheel diameter than the factory original, the replacement neck assembly providing the replacement neck, an optional fairing mount, the replacement neck accepting a factory or modified triple tree, whereby the motorcycle frame can accept the large front wheel without affecting the operating height of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Misfit Industries US LLC
    Inventor: Chris Eder
  • Patent number: 9211933
    Abstract: There is provided a steering shaft modifier, capable of fundamentally preventing distortion generated in a new steering shaft, being easing aligned, and being simply assembled, including: a frame having a steering shaft penetrating portion formed in a front surface thereof and having a contact surface covering a portion of the steering head and disposed to be in contact with an upper bearing installation portion of a steering shaft installation portion; a shaft including a head portion caught by a lower bearing installation portion of the steering shaft installation portion of the steering head, a body portion passing through the steering shaft installation portion, and a connection portion connected to the frame; and a frame block including a lower contact surface tightly attached to a lower surface of the steering head in the rear of the lower bearing installation portion and coupled to the frame when installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Hyun-Eui Lee
  • Patent number: 9162726
    Abstract: A mobile vehicle 1A includes a front-wheel support mechanism 4 having a trail adjustment mechanism 9, a steering actuator 8 which generates a steering force for steering a front wheel 3f, a trail adjustment actuator 15 which generates a driving force for changing a trail of the front wheel 3f, and a control device 50. The control device 50 has a function of controlling the steering actuator 8 so as to stabilize the posture of a vehicle body 2, and a function of controlling the trail adjustment actuator 15 in accordance with an observed value of the vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Kazushi Akimoto, Hiroshi Gomi, Yusuke Yamamoto, Takashi Kudo, Makoto Araki, Yoshiki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9156327
    Abstract: A suspension device includes a partition wall body which partitions the outside of a hollow pipe into a working chamber and a reservoir first chamber, a first piston which partitions the working chamber into an extension-side first chamber and a contraction-side first chamber, a first flow passage which allows communication between the extension-side first chamber and the reservoir first chamber, an extension-side second chamber which communicates with the extension-side first chamber, a second piston which partitions the interior of the hollow pipe into a contraction-side second chamber and a reservoir second chamber, a first damping flow passage which allows communication between an extension-side chamber and a contraction-side chamber, and a second damping flow passage which allows communication between the contraction-side chamber and a reservoir. A cross-sectional area of the extension-side second chamber is larger than that of the hollow pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: KAYABA INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9079631
    Abstract: A motorcycle neck adapter comprising a main body formed of a single piece of metal, and a cavity socket formed on an aft end of the main body. The cavity socket is configured to receive an existing motorcycle neck. An upper set screw opening is formed on a top surface of the main body. An upper set screw is installed into the upper set screw opening. The upper set screw is configured to engage an existing motorcycle neck at an existing motorcycle steering neck top opening. The upper set screw is secured to the upper set screw opening by a threaded connection. A lower set screw opening is formed on a bottom surface of the main body. A lower set screw is installed into the lower set screw opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Vincenzo Costa
  • Patent number: 9061727
    Abstract: In a motorcycle having a head pipe, and a pair of left and right frame sections including left and right down tubes extended rearward from the head pipe, a cross plate continuously connects the pair of left and right down tubes in a width direction of the motorcycle. The cross plate is elastically connected to the left and right down tubes. Such arrangement of the cross plate suppresses distortion of a pair of left and right frame sections including the down tubes extended so as to be connected by the head pipe, and also improves the controllability and straight traveling characteristic of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeo Iijima
  • Patent number: 9039023
    Abstract: In an outer tube for a front fork, a metal upper collar to which an upper vehicle body attaching bracket is connected is fitted and attached to an upper end portion of the plastic pipe, a metal sleeve is fitted and attached between an intermediate portion and a lower end portion of the plastic pipe, and the sleeve is provided with a lower collar to which a lower vehicle body attaching bracket is connected, and a seal case for inserting and supporting the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Showa Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoya Toda
  • Patent number: 9027947
    Abstract: Embodiments of a fork brace for a bicycle are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a brace portion is integrally formed along with two tubular fork members and an overlay fits in a mating relationship with the brace portion to create a unitary, tubular brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Galasso, William M. Becker, Andrew Laird
  • Patent number: 9010789
    Abstract: A head parts assembly for a bicycle includes two bowls, a plurality of inserting members, two bead nests, and two end caps. The two bowls each are a circular structure and include a pipe-inserting hole, and a plurality of cable-inserting holes around the pipe-inserting hole. Each of the bowls further includes a receiving cavity in communication with the pipe-inserting holes, and the two bowls are disposed at two ends of the front frame pipe. The inserting members each are a hollow tubular structure with a cable hole for insertion of cables of the bicycle, and are screwed in the cable-inserting holes. The bead nests are rotatably disposed in the receiving cavities and abutted against the close ends, respectively. The two end caps are disposed in the open ends of the receiving cavities, and capable of rotating by abutting against the balls of the bead nests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Neco Technology Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Hsin Wang
  • Patent number: 9004517
    Abstract: A bicycle wheel carrier assembly is equipped with a rim brake with pads (5) which is built into the structure of the carrier assembly. The rim brake includes two actuating arms (3) and two pad-bearing brake arms (4). Each actuating arm (3) associated with a pad-bearing brake arm (4) is articulated in a recess of the structure of the carrier assembly between a first position in which it is retracted within the structure and a second position providing access to the pad-bearing brake arm (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Look Cycle International
    Inventor: S├ębastien Servet
  • Patent number: 8998234
    Abstract: On a revolving frame (5), an operating oil tank (15) located on the front side of an engine (8) is provided, and a fuel tank (16) located on the front side of the operating oil tank (15) is arranged. A mounting member (17) is provided on the lower side of the fuel tank (16) across a part of a swing cylinder (14). Between the operating oil tank (15) and the mounting member (17), a vertical restraining element (20) for restraining the fuel tank (16) in a front-rear direction and a vertical direction and a lateral restraining element (25) for restraining the fuel tank (16) in a left-right direction are detachably provided. Therefore, the fuel tank (16) can be restrained in two directions, that is, in the horizontal direction and the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Motozu, Teruo Irino, Kouhei Urase, Yuuki Umizaki, Toshihiro Sako
  • Publication number: 20150091272
    Abstract: The set of bicycle headsets that are threadless and/or have pressed frame cups/races can be locked to prohibit the nominal rotation of the headset and bicycle handlebars about the bicycle's steer tube by this invention. This invention uses standard threadless headset components in addition to three newly invented components: The upper head tube race with spin-lock grooves, the external ring lock, and the headset spacer with spin-lock grooves. The locking configuration is achieved by mating male pins on the interior surface of the external ring lock with female spin-lock grooves that are on the exterior surfaces of the upper head tube race with spin-lock grooves and headset spacer with spin-lock grooves. There are a sets of spin-lock grooves that, when the male pins are mated accordingly, provide the locked and unlocked configurations of the headset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Corrina Ladakis Gibson