With Locking Means Patents (Class 280/297)
  • Publication number: 20140265237
    Abstract: A system and method for bicycle sharing and rental with a rack and one or more bicycles. The rack has a base with one or more locking arm(s), wherein each locking arm has a first end secured to the base and a second end, further wherein the second end has a fixture attached. The rack does not have any closed loops, preventing unauthorized bicycles from being secured to it. The bicycles have a controllable portion of a locking mechanism and a control device, wherein the control device is configured to enable the fixture to be secured to the controllable portion of the locking mechanism and further secure the bicycle device(s) to the rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Ansgar Varick Strother, Keith Ballew Porter
  • Patent number: 8424895
    Abstract: A portable auxiliary jackstand for a two-wheeled vehicle which provides the vehicle with additional stability when parked is disclosed. The stand comprises a ratchet or detent mechanism which provides a means for adjusting and locking its length. An upper end accommodates various interchangeable adapters intended to engage the frame, foot peg or other structural member of the vehicle. A lower end accommodates various interchangeable feet designed to provide the necessary friction against the prevailing texture of the ground surface. The stand can be applied to either side of the vehicle and is designed to allow the user to select the configuration which is best suited to the conditions of the parking space ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel P. Stokes
  • Patent number: 8002302
    Abstract: A kickstand for a bicycle includes a support stand, a connector detachably mounted on an upper portion of the support stand, and a quick release device releasably mounted on the connector. The quick release device is releasably locked onto a rear wheel axle of the bicycle to attach the support stand to the rear wheel axle. Thus, the kickstand is mounted on and detached from the rear wheel axle of the bicycle easily and quickly by locking and unlocking the quick release device, thereby facilitating a user mounting and detaching the kickstand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Chosen Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Shu Chen
  • Patent number: 7819408
    Abstract: This application discloses movable, stowable support structure assemblies for supporting an article or receptacle. The support structure assemblies may include simple manually manipulable latches, which the user simply presses to release the support structure assembly, and upon release the support structure assembly is pivoted and movable to a fold flat profile within the perimeter and the side elevational profile of the article or receptacle, and may include spring biasing. The application provides for simple internal mechanisms, for unique faceplates with finger grips, and also provides for spring biasing and latching of the support structure assembly so that it automatically is retained in the fold flat profile. The support shaft may have mounted thereon either a ski, sled, or a wheel, as well as a typical stationary support stand shaft foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Richard N. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 7677583
    Abstract: A bracket assembly including a plurality of components attached along a hem line, a plurality of attachment points along the hem line, a first bracket, and a second bracket. The first bracket connects to the plurality of components at at least one of the plurality of attachment points, and supports a longitudinal load applied to at least one of the plurality of components. The second bracket connects to the plurality of components, and supports a lateral load applied to at least one of the plurality of components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Magna International, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford D. Armstrong, Rudolph A. Schrempf
  • Publication number: 20100013186
    Abstract: A fully powered motorcycle stand is disclosed that is attachable to a motorcycle undercarriage and is able to extend legs on either side of the motorcycle. The legs are extended by a leg extending mechanism, such as an electric motor or a hydraulic pump and piston. Legs can include tubular and/or solid bars, and can have feet attached to the leg bottom. The legs can be connected, such as by a crossbar, or if not connected, can be separately extendable to different lengths so as to support the motorcycle vertically on uneven terrain. A stand controller sends control commands to the leg extending mechanism. A safety mechanism can be included that prevents leg extension while the motorcycle is moving, and an anti-theft system can be included that prevents leg retraction without a key or passcode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Alcide G. Markie
  • Publication number: 20090066056
    Abstract: A front wheel foldable device for a golf cart includes a main body, a wheel frame, a positioning member, a sleeve, a stop member, and an elastic member. Thus, the wheel frame is pulled outwardly relative to the main body so that the locking portions of the positioning member are moved to detach from the locking grooves of the main body respectively. Then, the wheel frame is rotated through ninety (90) degrees and is released, so that the post of the wheel frame is retracted into the main body by a restoring force of the elastic member, the locking portions are locked in the locking grooves respectively, the front wheel is turned from an upright state to a horizontal state, and the front wheel is parallel with and rested on the cart frame when the cart frame is folded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Gordon Liao
  • Publication number: 20080303244
    Abstract: A connection device for connecting a bicycle rack to a connection member on a vehicle includes a clamping unit composed of four quarters and a mounting member is mounted onto the four quarters withinhich the connection member is enclosed. A bolt's head is clamped by four respective protrusions on the four quarters and the shank extends through the top of the clamping unit and the mounting member so as to be connected with a knob. A lock is received in the knob and cooperated with the bolt. The mounting member has a T-shaped slot and two lugs extend from the mounting member. The vertical slot is located between the two lugs and a quick release unit is cooperated with the two lugs so as to control the distance between the two lugs. By using the quick release unit, the four quarters can quickly release the connection member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Chiu-Kuei Wang
  • Patent number: 6539759
    Abstract: Retractable hitching post for bicycles having a casing which is mounted in the ground, a post which is telescopically mounted in the casing for movement between a retracted position in which the post is below ground level and an extended position in which a substantial portion of the post is above ground level. The post can be secured in the extended position, and a bicycle can be locked to the post. In some disclosed embodiments, the post is cushioned by air damping as it returns to its retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Terrence W. Pershall
  • Patent number: 6431422
    Abstract: A bicycle accessory mounting apparatus for releasably securing a bicycle accessory quickly and effectively to a bicycle seat post. The bicycle accessory mounting apparatus comprises a block having two holes, two gaps, and two snap lock quick connect mechanisms at opposing ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventors: David B. Moore, Charles L. Moore
  • Patent number: 6276707
    Abstract: A device which automatically adjusts a kickstand's point of contact with the ground to insure that the vehicle is always resting at the optimal angle of lean when parked, irregardless of the contour of the surface of the ground. The device is designed to be installed between the frame of the motorcycle and the existing kickstand, and can therefore be installed when a motorcycle is being assembled, or on motorcycles already in use. It is also designed to be minimally visible in order to preserve the aesthetic qualities of a motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventor: Joseph Leslie Ungvari
  • Patent number: 6213237
    Abstract: Lockup hydraulic valve system for controlling side swing arm supported wheels on a motorcycle when the wheels are in a downward ground engaging position. The valve system has an open-unlocked and closed-locked position. In the unlocked position, a driver riding the motorcycle about turns where the bike tilts either to the right or to the left allows the corresponding side wheel to move upward. Also in the unlocked position, the side wheels will raise when the motorcycle is running over uneven road surfaces. In the locked position, the side wheels stay in a rigid/fixed downward position while the motorcycle is standing still up to speeds of approximately 15 mph. Magnets attached to the front wheel along with a pickup sensor determine the speed of the motorcycle. Above, 15 mph, a relay activated safety switch overides the locked position putting the valve controls into the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: David Willman
  • Patent number: 6170846
    Abstract: A vehicle support system for maintaining a vehicle in an upright position. The support system includes a base plate attached to a side surface and first and second mounting blocks attached to the base plate. Pivotably mounted between the first and second mounting blocks is a shaft to which a support leg and ratchet gear are fixedly mounted. A slot is formed in an upper body portion of the second mounting block which laterally extends over the ratchet gear. Mounted in the slot is a plunger and a biasing spring which downwardly biases the plunger such that a lower side surface thereof rides along an exterior side surface of the ratchet gear to allow the support leg to pivot, from an initial position, in a first direction along a first plane generally orthogonal to the side surface of the vehicle. Outwardly projecting faces formed along the exterior side surface of the ratchet gear engage the plunger to prevent the support leg from pivoting in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, along the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Holter
  • Patent number: 6164677
    Abstract: A bicycle antitheft device includes an antitheft mechanism switchable between an antitheft state and a release state, wherein the antitheft mechanism includes a first member that moves relative to a second member to move the bicycle forward and backward. A movement controlling mechanism hinders the first member from moving relative to the second member when the antitheft mechanism is in the antitheft state, and a selection mechanism is provided for selecting one of the antitheft state and the release state. Alternatively, the antitheft mechanism may include a sound generator for generating a sound when the first member moves relative to the second member and the antitheft mechanism is in the antitheft state. The movement controlling mechanism and the sound generator may be combined into a single antitheft mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Matsuo, Hiroyuki Ookouchi, Hitoshi Kishimoto, Takuro Yamane
  • Patent number: 6131427
    Abstract: An improved, multi-purpose foot rest peg, having an elongated groove (40) to accommodate a disc rotor brake lock, with a hole (60) to accommodate the cylinder locking apparatur of an existing u-shaped rotor disc lock to be attached to a motorcycle (10), (20), (50) as a foot rest allowing the lock to combine with the foot rest peg clevis to create a FOOT REST/ROTOR DISC LOCK HOLDER COMBINATION FOR A MOTORCYCLE (FIG. 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventors: James L. Webber, Teri R. Webber
  • Patent number: 6040764
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bicycle cover having an attachable alarm means. The cover includes a substantially elliptical bag member formed of a pair of opposing planar side panels that are peripherally joined to form a storage compartment therebetween. Sewn into the side panels are a plurality of electrically conductive cables which converge and protrude through an opening on the bag member. The external portions of the cables are intertwined and received within an elongated insulated electrical cord similar to an extension cord. The distal ends of the cables are connected to a male electrical connector on the cord which is selectively coupled with an external alarm means. The alarm means comprises a power source, a motion switch and a sound emitting means which audibly alerts a user when an unauthorized person is tampering with the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Frances E. Crisci
  • Patent number: 6036214
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bicycle equipped with an antitheft device of the type which suspends the function of the bicycle as by locking the saddle in unridable form and which requires a fewer number of operating steps for parking the bicycle. The bicycle is characterized in that it is provided with a key device for locking the saddle in the parked state, a stand locking device for locking the stand in the erected state, and a connecting rod which is adapted to be pulled up in operative connection with the turning movement of the saddle from the in-service state to the parked state and whose lower end is connected to the stand locking device. When the saddle is turned to the parked state, the connecting rod is pulled and the stand is locked by the stand locking device. When the saddle is turned to the in-service state, the connecting rod is depressed to cancel the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Ono, Masahiro Ito, Hiroshi Nakano, Atsushi Kohama, Takehiro Miyoshi, Masashi Kawasaki, Hideki Yamamoto, Hiroshi Iwamoto, Mitsuo Suzuri, Futoyoshi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 5553471
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a two-wheeled motorcycle having a center stand; the locking mechanism in one embodiment including a key lock with a cylinder that is connected to a cam that displaces a locking pin to engage a pivotal sleeve that connects the center stand to the frame of the motorcycle such that when the lock is engaged, the pin extends to an aligned hole on the center stand when the center stand is displaced to its operable position. When the center stand is locked, the motorcycle cannot be moved. An embodiment includes a bracket unit for securement to a leg of the stand, having a pivotal detent arm and a lock for locking the detent arm in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Inventor: William D. Hanners
  • Patent number: 5368323
    Abstract: A safety bar structure arranged for retrofit relative to an associated bicycle wheel is arranged to include projecting support rails extending radially beyond the rear bicycle wheel, wherein the support rails rotatably mount a pair of support wheels to prevent rotation of the bicycle frame about the rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Stephen W. Young
  • Patent number: 5114167
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for use in a motor cycle stand is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a main shaft pivotally mounted in the axial hole of the motor cycle stand, a roller connected to one end of the main shaft, a roller jacket being fastened to the motor cycle body by means of a position lever and having a braking portion disposed therein, a braking device associated with the roller and the roller jacket, a locking device comprising a lock body coupled with the roller jacket and a lock core housed in the lock body, and a clutch comprising an activator and a driven member housed in the lock body and a spring member sandwiched between the activator and the driven member. The braking device housed in a roller operates in close cooperation with a roller jacket to stop the motion of the roller. The lock core can be rotated and pushed forward by a key to activate the driven member, which, in turn, locks up the roller in order to immobilize the motor cycle stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Inventor: Jin-Ren Shieh
  • Patent number: 4869453
    Abstract: A deployed device projects through the spokes of a rear wheel and supports a bicycle from a two strut portion of the bicycle frame. A first bar member is placed between spokes and one end is hooked over a first frame strut. This first bar member bears up against the lower portion of a second parallel strut while held in place by the hooked first strut. A second projecting member is hinged at a first end to the other end of the first bar and engages the ground at the second end to support the bicycle in a nearly upright position. The projecting element is also capable of telescoping to allow adjustment to various sizes/styles of bicycles. The first bar member placement under and over struts (and between wheel spokes ) deters unauthorized use by requiring removal before wheel can be rotated. A padlock may also be provided to secure the stand/anti-theft device to the frame and/or fixed object to further deter unauthorized use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Inventor: Joseph S. Newman
  • Patent number: 4725075
    Abstract: This antitheft device acts on the stand of the motorcycle to lock it in a lowered position. It comprises a lock unit attachable at two different positions to the frame of the motorcycle by means of a key, which is provided with a latch element. At one setting of the block, the latch element will not interfere with the movement of the stand, allowing normal use of the motorcycle, and at the other position, the latch element will inhibit the stand raising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignees: Roberto Celio, Maurizio Biancardi, Edoardo Pirovano
    Inventor: Maurizio Biancardi
  • Patent number: 4444407
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for motorcycle parking stands is automatically engaged when the motorcycle is raised up onto the stand and is disengaged by means of a key, another mechanical device, or an electrical contact, so as to enhance the traditional function of the parking stand by making movement of the motorcycle impossible without disengaging the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1984
    Inventors: Renzo Calmonte, Silla Martini, Ezio Pinarello
  • Patent number: 4298211
    Abstract: This disclosure deals with a locking mechanism for a stand that keeps a two-wheeled vehicle upright with one of its wheels substantially free of the vehicle weight. The stand is pivotable relative to a frame member of the vehicle to a standing position, and it has a recess therein. The lock mechanism has a lock member or pin which is movable to project therefrom by turning a key, the movement causing the pin to engage the recess when the stand is at the standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1981
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mamoru Shitamori
  • Patent number: 4034998
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for releasably mounting attachments on a vehicle body, the apparatus comprising a bracket for securing to the vehicle body and a connecting member for securing to an attachment for the vehicle, the bracket comprising two vertically spaced projections each having an upwardly facing notch, and the connecting member having a respective pin for engaging with the notch of each projection to support the connecting member on the bracket and a locking member movable transversely of the upper projection and engageable with a contact surface formed on an underside of the upper projection to lock the respective pin in the upper projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1977
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Iijima, Yoshiaki Sakurai