Polycycles Patents (Class 280/282)
  • Patent number: 10589772
    Abstract: In an aspect a vehicle is provided, and includes a frame a front wheel and a rear assembly. The front wheel is rotatably mounted to the frame. The rear assembly includes a first rear wheel support and a second rear wheel support. Each of the wheel supports is movably mounted to the frame. The rear assembly further includes a first rear wheel and a second rear wheel. The first and second rear wheels are rotatably mounted to the first rear wheel supports respectively. The rear assembly is positionable in a first position in which the first and second rear wheels are substantially immediately adjacent one another to operate as a single rear wheel, and a second position in which the first and second rear wheels are spaced apart from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: YVOLVE SPORTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas O Connell, Matthew Ernest Golias
  • Patent number: 10518838
    Abstract: A frame of a vehicle includes a front fork unit pivotably connected to a head tube of a vehicle body mechanism, a crank axle disposed on the front fork unit for two front-wheel cranks to be pivoted thereon. Two front wheels are pivotably disposed on the cranks, respectively. A front-wheel counteracting mechanism is pivotably connected between each of the cranks and the front fork unit to transmit an impact force to the cranks so as to cause opposite upward and downward movements of the front wheels to thereby keep the front wheels in contact with the ground and to render movement of the vehicle steady and safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Fu-Long Chang
  • Patent number: 10493813
    Abstract: A structure of rocking controller of a saddle riding type vehicle includes a rocking lock mechanism configured to lock lateral rocking of the vehicle body; wherein the rocking lock mechanism includes an arc shaped lock plate which crosses with an axial direction of a rocking shaft of the vehicle body and a lock caliper configured to lock a relative rocking between the lock plate and the lock caliper by clamping the lock plate, and a motor for the actuator is arranged in front of the rocking lock mechanism and the rotating drive shaft of the motor is arranged so as to penetrate an inner circumferential region of the arc shaped lock plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yotaro Mori, Hiroyuki Kaneta
  • Patent number: 10421516
    Abstract: A vehicle in which traveling can be stabilized and the risk of overturning can be reduced, a vehicle with a pair of first suspension arms, a pair of second suspension arms connected to the pair of first suspension arms via a pair of joints, a pair of shock absorbers for connecting the pair of first suspension arms and pair of second suspension arms, a pair of forks as to allow turning about a steering axis with respect to the pair of second suspension arms, a pair of front wheels arranged on the pair of forks, a vehicle body to which the pair of front wheels are included, and a leaning part for leaning the vehicle body. The tread width increases as the vehicle body is leaned by the leaning part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: EQUOS RESEARCH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keizo Araki
  • Patent number: 9981708
    Abstract: In a vehicle, a portion of an upper cross member and a portion of a lower cross member at least temporarily overlap each other without coming into contact with each other when a body frame of the vehicle is caused to lean from an upright state to the left or the right with a maximum angle, as viewed from a front in a direction along a lower intermediate connecting axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kohsuke Ohno
  • Patent number: 9688339
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a restrictor that prevents movement of a brake controlling operation transmission member and is provided at an upper portion of at least one of an upper cross portion, a right side portion, and a left side portion. The brake controlling operation transmission member includes a leaning-associated deforming portion that is located between a brake controller and the restrictor to deform in response to the leaning of a body frame and a wheel-turning-associated deforming portion at least a portion of which is located between the leaning-associated deforming portion and a brake device to deform in response to the turning of a right front wheel and a left front wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yosuke Hirayama
  • Patent number: 9677294
    Abstract: A drive system for a pool cleaner is disclosed, the drive system including a motor operatively connected relative to an axle for driving rotation of the axle. The axel in turn is connected to and drives the rotation of (i) a roller assembly including a roller for cleaning a target surface and (ii) a wheel drive assembly engaged with an idler gear for driving a wheel. Notably the axis of rotation of the roller assembly is different than the axis of rotation of the wheel. Thus, the wheel drive assembly may drive the wheel by interacting with a surface of a cylindrical flange of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Benoit Joseph Renaud, Seth Darrell Renigar, Graham M. Hayes, Omar E. Osuna
  • Patent number: 9550542
    Abstract: A kit for an electric cycle includes a powertrain module including a case, a battery disposed in the case, an electric motor in communication with the battery and disposed in the case, and a connecting port on the case. The kit includes a first module including a frame member configured to releasably engage the connecting port and a wheel rotatably connected to the frame member, a second module including a frame member configured to releasably engage the connecting port, and a releasable locking feature on the connecting port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Dueñas Figueroa, Luis Alfonso Domínguez Victorio, Haydee Guadalupe Martinez Rivera, Raciel Cruz Ramirez, Ramón Jáuregui Ortiz, José Guillermo Saavedra Roman, Ana Laura Quintanar Meléndez, Daniel Amaury Menchaca Gonzalez, José de Jesús Martinez Colin
  • Patent number: 9493205
    Abstract: A tricycle with foldable double wheel assembly comprises: a frame, a single-wheel assembly and a double-wheel assembly respectively disposed at front end and rear end of the frame, and a handlebar assembly matching with the single-wheel assembly to control steering, the double-wheel assembly comprising a supporting beam and two wheels disposed on the supporting beam, wherein the supporting beam comprises two branches of same structures, the two wheels being respectively disposed on the two branches, the supporting beam having a first stable state where the two branches are open, and a second stable state where the two branches are put together side by side. The supporting beam in the double-wheel assembly of the present utility model is foldable so that it is not necessary to occupy a relatively large space to carry/store the tricycle and the usage convenience of the tricycle is thus improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SMART TRIKE MNF PTE LTD.
    Inventor: Ilan Ben Meir
  • Patent number: 9327725
    Abstract: A method and apparatus relating to a driveline and suspension system for a vehicle and, more particularly, methods and systems for driveline-suspension coupling in a narrow multi-track leaning vehicle with three or more wheels and with at least two driving wheels. There are provided graphical and computational methods for determining driveline and suspension geometries for narrow multi-track vehicles, as well as apparatuses including the geometric configurations, and exhibiting improved driveline-suspension coupling behaviors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Eric N. Anderfaas
  • Patent number: 9296443
    Abstract: A three wheeled scooter comprises a chassis having forward and aft ends with a front wheel non-pivotally mounted to the forward end and a pair of rear wheels coaxially mounted to the aft end. The chassis defines a longitudinal axis and includes a support assembly and a handle assembly extending upwardly from the support assembly. The rear wheels are configured to be angularly yawable relative to the longitudinal axis between a neutral position and a yawed position. Steering of the scooter is thereby effectuated by angular yawing of the rear wheels relative to the longitudinal axis such as by asymmetric loading of one of opposing sides of the support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: SBYKE USA LLC
    Inventor: Bradley E. Wernli
  • Patent number: 9278723
    Abstract: A recumbent vehicle is disclosed, which generally consists of a front, seat and rear chassis. The seat chassis is operatively connected to upper and lower pivot joints, which allow for the seat chassis, and thus the rider, to move independently from the remainder of the vehicle. The upper and lower pivot joints are each comprised of subcomponents such as spherical axial bearings along with a coil to create the independent movement, which manifests itself during turns and when hitting obstacles on the terrain. The rider can control the direction of the recumbent vehicle by using a steering arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Co2Zero Inc.
    Inventor: Marcel Merette
  • Patent number: 9193408
    Abstract: A tricycle has a frame, a front wheel with drive pedals, a seat, and a footboard. The footboard of the novel tricycle can optionally be mounted on the frame in a first orientation and at least a second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Heinz Kettler GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Kettler, Karin Kettler
  • Patent number: 9114842
    Abstract: A tricycle is provided for supporting multiple passengers. The multi-passenger tricycle has a frame member, a steering assembly, a rear axle assembly, an auxiliary handlebar and a rear passenger foot platform. The steering assembly is rotatable and is coupled to a first end of the frame member. The rear axle assembly is coupled to the second end of the frame member. The auxiliary handlebar is coupled to the frame member between the first end and the second end of the frame member. The rear passenger foot platform is coupled to the frame member adjacent a second end of the frame member, and is at least partially above the rear axle assembly. Preferably, the rear passenger foot platform includes a first foot platform on one side of the frame member and a second foot platform on an opposing side of the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Radio Flyer Inc.
    Inventor: Ross Elliott Bartels
  • Patent number: 9039025
    Abstract: A foldable children's tricycle comprises a tricycle front, a link device and a positioning assembly. The tricycle can be folded by using the link device, which can save space and reduce transportation cost. In addition, an inserting rod of the positioning assembly can be engaged in first or second positioning grooves of the link device, so the tricycle can be fixed when expanding or folding, thus improving the structural strength of the tricycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Ming-He Shih
  • Publication number: 20150042063
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments provide a frame for a one person three-wheeled human powered vehicle, the rear portion of which resembles an upright bicycle frame capable of supporting a fixed rear drive wheel substantially in alignment with the frame centerline. The frame has a left-side lateral extension and a right-side lateral extension, each of which includes a head tube at or near its outer end where front forks or steering posts can be secured. Each front fork or steering post can then hold one of two front steerable wheels. The frame is compatible with shock-absorbing suspension technology, which can be employed if desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Lawrence Serpa
  • Publication number: 20150021877
    Abstract: A cycle frame easily converted from a bicycle to a tricycle and vice versa, and to a cycle and a baby carriage using same. The cycle includes a main frame including a main support and a pair of sub-supports branching from the main support, a pair of conversion frames, front end portions thereof being hingeably connected to rear end portions of the sub-supports such that the distance between rear end portions thereof is adjustable, a pair of connection brackets respectively connected to the rear end portions of the conversion frames, a fork frame rotatably connected to the front end portion of the main support, a front wheel shaft rotatably connected to the fork frame, a main rear wheel shaft, both ends thereof being respectively and separably connected to the connection brackets, and a propelling pedal rotatably mounted on the main support and drive-connected to the main rear wheel shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Jung Keon KIM
  • Publication number: 20140346752
    Abstract: A recumbent cycle includes a toothed belt drive system and rear suspension. It also includes a double A-arm suspension assembly and at least one transmission having a planetary gear arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: C. Martin Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8820765
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seating platform featuring a first pair of seat mounting holes, a second pair of seat mounting holes positioned rearward of the first pair of seat mounting holes and a third pair of seat mounting holes positioned rearward of the second pair of seat mounting holes. A seatback is provided with a pair of hooks and a pair of snaps. Each of the snaps includes a catch portion. The hooks and snaps are adapted to engage the first and second pair of seat mounting holes to secure the seatback in a first position. The hooks and snaps are also adapted to engage the second and third pair of seat mounting holes to secure the seatback in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Radio Flyer Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Agati, Edward Paramadilok
  • Patent number: 8825322
    Abstract: A bicycle component controlling includes at least a first sensor and a controller. The first sensor detects a first operating condition, whether a rider is sitting on a bicycle seat. A second sensor is provided that detects a second operating condition. The sensors output signals indicative of the respective operating conditions. The controller is operatively connected to at least the first sensor and possibly the second sensor. The controller is configured to generate a component control command to control a bicycle component based on at least the first signal and the possibly the second signal. The bicycle component is a component other than an automatic transmission and a suspension when the second sensor is not provided. If the second sensor is provided, a suspension and automatic transmission is controlled, or components other than an automatic transmission and a suspension is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Hideki Ikemoto, Tadashi Ichida, Nobukatsu Hara, Toyoto Shirai
  • Patent number: 8807584
    Abstract: A stabilizing device for a handcycle has an axle including an inner shaft and an outer shaft. A first stabilizing component is coupled to the inner shaft. A second stabilizing component is coupled to the outer shaft in proximity to the first stabilizing component. A locking component is configured to engage the first and second stabilizing components to reversibly reduce rotation of the inner shaft with respect to the outer shaft. Alternatively, a stabilizing device for a handcycle has a frame including first and second stabilizing members affixed to the frame. A locking member is configured to engage the first and second stabilizing members to stabilize the frame. The stabilizing components or members include receptacles, teeth, or a friction component. The locking component or member includes a pin or knob configured to adjust the first or second stabilizing member into a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Lasher Sport, LLC.
    Inventor: William J. Lasher, III
  • Patent number: 8740235
    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. In both such first and second modes, the frame of the tricycle is configured to rotatably support the rear wheels and configured to support the head tube at a distance from the rear wheels such that a distance between the head tube and rear wheels need not necessarily be changed even when the front wheel axis location is changed from one mode to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Smart Trike MNF PTE Ltd
    Inventor: Yoram Baron
  • Patent number: 8720927
    Abstract: One embodiment of a tricycle having a spine frame, supported by a rear wheel and a pair of steerable front wheels, and supporting a recumbent seat pivotably attached at its rear. A pedal boom extends forwardly of the spine and supports a pedal crank assembly. The front wheels each support a lateral arm with the front wheel pivotably attached at the distal end and an angular projection attached at the proximal end. A pivot connects each angular projection to the spine, allowing the lateral arms and attached front wheels to fold to a stowed position alongside the spine. Another pivot connects the boom to the spine, allowing the boom to fold back to a stowed position against the spine. In the travel position, a clamp arrests the angular projections, and can arrest the boom and seat. The tricycle is collapsible to several levels of compactness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Alan Roy Ball, Eric John Ball
  • Patent number: 8702114
    Abstract: A vehicle with front and rear steering is disclosed. The vehicle can be a cycle. The cycle includes a front wheel steered by a front hand-steering mechanism, and two back wheels steered by a back hand-steering mechanism. The back wheels are dual inclined casters with full rotational movement. A drive train forward of the front wheel drives the front wheel, while a rider is inclined in a seat in a recumbent orientation. The front and rear steering provides unlimited maneuverability and turning capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Tyler Hadzicki, Joseph Hadzicki
  • Patent number: 8678412
    Abstract: The present invention features a low-rider tricycle kit for converting a standard bicycle to a low-rider tricycle. The kit contains a low-rider tricycle frame, a low-rider tricycle front fork assembly, a low-rider tricycle handlebar having a first grip and a second grip, a low-rider tricycle seat, and a low-rider tricycle front fender for substituting with a standard bicycle frame. The kit further includes a low-rider tricycle headlight assembly, a low-rider tricycle tail light assembly, a low-rider tricycle mirror, a double-rear-wheel axle assembly, a storage cavity, and a storage cart that attaches to and sets into the storage cavity of the double-rear-wheel axle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel Oliveras, Jr., Jesse Oliveras
  • Patent number: 8672339
    Abstract: An unmotorized sand-rideable bicycle utilizes oversized balloon tires that have an enlarged footprint to permit the bicycle to ride up over even loose sand to provide ease of pedaling as well as enhanced steering and stability over that associated with standard bicycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: All Terrian Bike, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Raike, III, Gene Langmesser
  • Patent number: 8662514
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a multi-person tricycle are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the multi-person tricycle includes two front drive wheel assemblies, each having an independent drive train assembly, and includes a rear wheel assembly operably connected to a steering mechanism which may be simultaneously or independently operated by one or more riders. In at least one embodiment, the multi-person tricycle may be configured or designed to enable two front riders to sit side-by-side, and further may be configured or designed to enable each rider to independently exert and/or vary his or her own pedaling force and/or pedaling cadence without substantially affecting steering of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin James
  • Patent number: 8636293
    Abstract: This invention relates to a foldable vehicle comprising at least three wheels which of one wheel is a steering wheel, a steering handle, a frame connected with the steering element and having at least one standing surface. Upon folding the frame will be movable with respect to the steering handle to statically fit together in a compact manner Hereby a practical and efficient vehicle for personal transportation and commuting is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Me-Mover ApS
    Inventor: Jonas Eliasson
  • Patent number: 8634979
    Abstract: A drive device and a drive control method for the electric bicycle are disclosed. The drive device of the electric bicycle is equipped with a power supply/storage unit, a compact motor, an inclination sensor, a brake actuation sensor, a pedal-rotating speed sensor and a drive control module. The drive device performs integrated calculations using the inclination information of the inclination sensor, the brake actuation information of the brake actuation sensor and the pedal-rotating speed information of the pedal-rotating speed sensor, so the drive control modules instructs the compact motor and the power supply/storage unit to quickly enter an auxiliary drive mode for rotating wheels of the electric bicycle, or to enter an energy recovery mode for storing electrical energy generated by the compact motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Shih-Hsiang Chien, Shih-Hsin Hsu, Tian-Hua Liu, Jui-Ling Chen, Yi-Hsuan Lee
  • Patent number: 8596649
    Abstract: A riding toy provides a spin-out feature. The riding toy includes a frame, a steerable front wheel mounted to the frame and a rear wheel mounted to the frame. A rear carriage is pivotally attached to the frame so as to pivot about a generally horizontal axis. A caster is mounted to the rear carriage so as to pivot about a generally vertical axis. A lever is pivotally attached to the frame. A link has a leading end pivotally connected to the lever and a trailing end pivotally connected to the rear carriage. As a result, the riding toy may be changed from a traditional configuration, where the rear wheel of the riding toy contacts a riding surface upon which the riding toy is being ridden, to a spin-out configuration, where the caster lifts the rear wheel of the riding toy off of the riding surface, by pulling the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Radio Flyer Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bricker
  • Patent number: 8543291
    Abstract: A wheel suspension system for a three-wheeled motorcycle or “trike” includes parallel wheels mounted on vertically pivoting suspension arms governed by hydraulic pistons. The pistons have upper liquid reservoirs that are interconnected through a valve system, which interconnects the upper reservoirs when the trike is in motion, allowing opposing vertical wheel movements when banking through turns, and prevents liquid exchange when the trike is stopped, thereby holding the motorcycle upright, Embodiments include a manual and/or automatic valve control. A threshold switching speed for an automatic controller can be factory set and/or user adjustable. The pistons can include directly interconnected lower fluid reservoirs. A shock-absorbing reservoir can allow transient vertical movement of both wheels to absorb shocks. A cover system can emulate the appearance of saddle bags and can appear to be covering only a single wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Steven P Young
  • Patent number: 8534689
    Abstract: A child vehicle includes a front frame having a handlebar and at least one front wheel, and a rear frame movably coupled thereto and having at least one rear wheel. At least one graphical interface is coupled to the vehicle and includes a placard having a frame secured to the vehicle and a working surface disposed generally within the frame. The working surface is configured to be marked thereon by the child using a marking utensil so as to create an artistic expression for customizing the vehicle. A tool-less coupling between the front and rear frames and an associated method of a tool-less assembly of a child vehicle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventor: Donald K. Jessie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8517407
    Abstract: A three-wheel pedal-style wheelchair which includes a roller at a side, close to the ground, of the wheelchair, wherein the roller prevents the wheelchair from turning over, a steering wheel arranged at a side of the wheelchair, and two front wheels respectively arranged at two opposite sides of the wheelchair, wherein the two front wheels comprises a driving wheel led to rotate forward or backward by a user stepping and a loose wheel, wherein when the wheelchair turns to a direction in a small radius, the steering wheel is considerably rotated to a direction and the driving wheel is rotated forward, wherein when the wheelchair turns to another direction, the steering wheel is considerably rotated to a direction and the driving wheel is rotated backward. Accordingly, the wheelchair is easily controlled to have a small turn, like whirling in one spot, to move and to turn safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignees: TESS Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yasunobu Handa, Kenji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8517406
    Abstract: A movable vehicle includes a first frame member, a second frame member, and a biasing mechanism. The first frame member includes a front wheel and a handlebar configured to turn the front wheel in various directions. The second frame member has at least one rear wheel and is coupled to the first frame member such that the first frame member can rotate with respect to the second frame member. The biasing mechanism is operatively coupled to the first and second frame members and biases the front wheel in a preferred direction, such as a straight direction. The biasing mechanism may include a resilient gasket and a cavity having at least partially corresponding polygonal cross sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Diekman, Donald K. Jessie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8500134
    Abstract: A toy vehicle is adaptable for use as a ride-on vehicle or a scooter, and includes a support frame provided with a user supporting mechanism and having a first portion and a second distal portion, and a grip handlebar for the user mechanically connected to the support frame. The support frame is mechanically connectible/disconnectible to/from the grip handlebar in order to assume first and second use configurations such that the grip handlebar is connected to the first and second portions, respectively, and such that the user support mechanism assumes different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Mishael Tzoreff
  • Publication number: 20130193668
    Abstract: A tandem tricycle having a front frame portion and a detachable rear frame portion, which is configured to accommodate two riders. A drivetrain allows the riders to independently power the tricycle. A full suspension assembly provides a smoother ride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Ronald Decker, Tim Decker
  • Patent number: 8480110
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for LC/IMS/MS analysis involve obtaining noisy raw data from a sample, convolving the data with an artifact-reducing filter, and locating, in retention-time, ion mobility, and mass-to-charge-ratio dimensions, one or more ion peaks of the convolved data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Marc V. Gorenstein, Guo-Zhong Li
  • Patent number: 8469369
    Abstract: A combined seat with compression device for interactively actuating a sound effects unit incorporated into a ride on toy vehicle as a user bounces up and down on the combined seat with compression device. The toy includes a frame for a ride-on toy vehicle, a sound effects unit having a housing secured to the frame, a seat secured to the frame and movable between first and second positions, an actuating mechanism attached at the seat for engagement with the sound effects unit, and a deformable compression device positioned at the seat capable of depressing as the seat is moved from the first the position to the second position to interactively activate the sound effects unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. McCarthy, Craig McElhaney, Steven Lee Unruh
  • Patent number: 8459679
    Abstract: A pivot mechanism includes a base member configured to be coupled to a first element and a generally cylindrical rotating member configured to be coupled to a second element. An elongate pin extends through the base member and rotating member and defines a pivot axis. The rotating member is capable of rotating relative to the base member about the pivot axis. The elongate pin is movable in a direction generally parallel to the pivot axis between a secured position and a release position. In the secured position, the rotating member is prevented from rotating relative to the base member, and in the release position, the rotating member is permitted to rotate relative to the base member. The pivot mechanism may be incorporated into a scooter or a tricycle to provide different configurations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventor: Donald K. Jessie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8439382
    Abstract: A bicycle frame is provided comprising: two substantially concentric rings connected along a front portion and flared out at a rear portion to enable a rear bicycle wheel to fit there between, the two substantially concentric rings enabled to absorb strain energy received from at least one of the rear wheel and weight from a rider; a seat post for receiving a bicycle seat, the seat post extending from a top portion of the two substantially concentric rings; a rear wheel bracket extending from a bottom rear portion of each of the two substantially concentric rings for supporting the rear wheel between the two substantially concentric rings; a bottom bracket located proximal a bottom front portion of the two substantially concentric rings, the bottom bracket for connecting at least a crank to the bicycle frame; a headtube for receiving a front fork; and, at least one support for the headtube to connect the headtube to the two substantially concentric rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Lucio Tortola
  • Patent number: 8388004
    Abstract: A personal transportation device comprises a riding platform supported by one or more wheels, a steering mechanism at least partially embedded in the riding platform and a drive wheel assembly. A first wheel may be steerable while a second wheel is a slave wheel. The steering mechanism may be foot-operated. The drive wheel may be hand-propelled and non-steerable. The drive wheel is operatively connected to a drive sprocket and chain and is coupled to the riding platform by a platform frame. The personal transportation device may comprise one or more track arm assemblies coupled to the drive wheel assembly such that movement of the track arm assemblies operates the drive wheel assembly and rotates a drive wheel to propel the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Edward Walter
  • Patent number: 8382135
    Abstract: An unmotorized sand-rideable bicycle utilizes oversized balloon tires that have an enlarged footprint to permit the bicycle to ride up over even loose sand to provide ease of pedaling as well as enhanced steering and stability over that associated with standard bicycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventors: William J Raike, III, Gene Langmesser
  • Patent number: 8342555
    Abstract: One embodiment of a tricycle (20) having a spine frame (22), supported by a rear wheel (34) and a pair of steerable front wheels (36), and supporting a recumbent seat (42) pivotably attached at its rear. A pedal boom (44) extends forwardly of the spine (26) and supports a pedal crank assembly (46). The front wheels each support a lateral arm (28) with the front wheel pivotably attached at the distal end and an angular projection (80) attached at the proximal end. A pivot (78) connects each angular projection to the spine, allowing the lateral arms and attached front wheels to fold to a stowed position alongside the spine. Another pivot (84) connects the boom to the spine, allowing the boom fold back to a stowed position against the spine. In the travel position, a clamp arrests the angular projections, and can arrest the boom and seat. The tricycle is collapsible to several levels of compactness. Other embodiments are described and shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Alan Roy Ball, Eric John Ball
  • Patent number: 8328213
    Abstract: A vehicle powered by an operator's arms and/or legs utilizes a pivot column for propulsion. An upper propulsion member (handlebar) is provided on the upper end of the pivot column. A lower propulsion member (foot bar) is provided on the lower end of the pivot column. A drive propulsion system is provided between the pivot column bottom and a rotational drive gear set. The drive propulsion system engaged with said at least one rotational drive gear, the propulsion system engages with and provides propulsion to an upper portion of the rotational drive gear during a counterclockwise motion of the pivot column and engages with and provides propulsion to a lower portion of the rotational drive gear during a clockwise motion of the pivot column. The rotational drive gear spins freely when subjected to the reverse motion. Incorporating two gears with opposing propulsion drives provides forward motion throughout the entire reciprocating stroke of the pivot column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Crawford
  • Patent number: 8313117
    Abstract: A child's riding vehicle such as a tricycle has a secondary steering column through which the parent walking behind the tricycle may steer the tricycle. The secondary steering column is coupled to the first steering column by a pair of rods that are attached at their respective ends to a first flange around the primary steering column and a second flange around the secondary steering column. The steering rods also act as steering limiters by contacting the wheel fork tube at a predetermined maximum steering angle and resisting further rotation of the flange. The mechanism lies entirely within the hollow frame of the tricycle for safety. The child's steering handle can be disengaged from the fork tube to allow the parent to completely control the steering without interference from the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: MGA Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Samir Khare, Yuval Caspi
  • Publication number: 20120261896
    Abstract: A bicycle including a front wheel, a rear wheel, and a frame supported on the front and rear wheels, the frame having a frame member. The bicycle further includes a first fairing member protruding outward from the frame member and having a side surface defining an aerodynamic trailing edge and a second fairing member detachably mounted on the first fairing member such that the side surface is exposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Callahan, Christopher P. D'Aluisio, Mark Cote
  • Patent number: 8276987
    Abstract: A children's tricycle comprises a frame, a set of handlebars, a fork, three wheels and a seat adaptable for users of different sizes without modification. The frame comprises a top tube, a head tube and a rear triangle that is substantially perpendicular to the top tube. In some embodiments, the seat extends from the head tube to a point on the frame. In some embodiments, the seat extends from a pivot point of the tricycle along the top tube to the rear triangle. Accordingly, to utilize the tricycle, different sized users are able to move forward or backward on the seat to comfortably engage the pedals and handlebars of the tricycle. In some embodiments, the frame of the children's tricycle comprises one or more of steel, aluminum and metal composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Excelligence Learning Corporation
    Inventors: Jesper Bruhn Johansen, Lars Mathiesen
  • Patent number: 8226104
    Abstract: An energy efficient tricycle has a frame, fork and handlebars connected to hold a front wheel and two rear wheels. A power and transmission assembly means is mounted on the frame to provide power to both rear wheels. A pair of pedals are independently operable and used to provide the torque needed to propel the tricycle. A motorized embodiment is also provided to provide additional power when needed or to completely motorize the tricycle. The pedals are mounted so that they travel in a vertical path. The handlebars, front wheel and both rear wheels are foldable to allow the tricycle to fit within a vehicle. The tricycle has a very low center of gravity. A seat is provided in one embodiment to allow a user to sit and operate using a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventors: Konstantin Kulikov, Sergey Cheprasov
  • Patent number: 8210555
    Abstract: The vehicle has a single steered front wheel (1) mounted on a main frame (5) and two rear wheels (2, 3) mounted on a left (6) and right (7) frames. The left and right frames are connected to the main frame pivotally, which permits the vehicle to be folded into a compact position. The folded vehicle can stand up-right and can be moved to a storage place on two rear (2, 3) and two caster (145) wheels. For carrying inside a car the cycle also can be disassembled to four parts. The seat (9) has a two-point spring suspension with the axis higher than the center of gravity of the seated driver. It allows the seat with the driver to stay in a vertical position while driving on a lateral slope or to lean right and left as the vehicle is making a turn. The vehicle has a leg-operated back pedaling brake mechanism (15) and a car-style steering mechanism with a high-ratio cable reducer (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: Alexandre Belenkov, Eugene Belenkov
  • Patent number: 8186698
    Abstract: A tricycle includes a frame and a front wheel. The tricycle includes a first rear wheel coupled to the frame. The tricycle includes a second rear wheel coupled to the frame. The tricycle includes a front suspension system and a rear suspension system functionally coupled to the frame. The tricycle includes a drive system coupled to the frame and a wheel hub fixedly coupled to the first drive shaft. The drive system includes a transmission system coupling a first drive train to a second drive train. The tricycle includes a locking device configured to lock the relative position of the wheel hub and the rear axle, wherein the locking device is selectably adjustably between a first mode and a second mode. The first mode includes the wheel hub and the rear axle locked together, and the second mode includes the wheel hub and the rear axle shaft independently rotatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Mark E. Gunderson