Adjustable Patents (Class 280/71)
  • Patent number: 6065763
    Abstract: A roller bouncer and wave board skate (10) comprising a base plate (12). A plurality of wheel assemblies (14) are disposed on bottom of the base plate (12). A top plate (16) is provided. A structure (18) is for biasing the top plate (16) over the base plate (12). A foot plate (20) supports a shoe (22) of a skater (24). An assemblage (26) is for attaching the foot plate (20) to the top plate (16) in a removable manner, so that the skater (24) will bounce while skating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Raymond L. Adams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5775705
    Abstract: The present invention involves a skate that can be converted from an in-line wheel configuration in which all of the skate wheels are coplanar to a parallel or quad wheel configuration, and vice versa. The skate includes a foot or shoe enclosure (4), a wheel chassis (10), a wheel support (52), at least two wheels (50), and mechanisms which position the wheel chassis at a center point and allows the wheel chassis to pivot the wheels from an in-line to a parallel configuration. The positioning mechanisms include tie rods (18), yokes (84, 86), gear sets (106), and externally mounted rods or panels (116). A post (30) on the bottom of the enclosure may include a threaded portion which is engaged by a nut (36) to rotationally secure the position of the wheel chassis, or the post may include a portion (94) of enlarged diameter supporting a spring (104) which biases the wheel chassis into the post. A brake (122) is provided to allow the user to slow or stop the skate in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: Jimmy Cochimin
  • Patent number: 5772220
    Abstract: At least one walking member is adaptively coupled to an in-line skate to enable the walking member to be extended and retracted to and from the skate, thereby enabling the in-line skate to be converted from a rolling skate to a walking shoe. Two walking members can be provided on alternative sides of the in-line skate wheels to provide a more stable platform for the wearer of the in-line skate. The walking members do not detract from the aerodynamic and functional performance of the in-line skate, and can be manufactured together with the skate or, alternatively, can be added to the skate after purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Richard S. Gaster
  • Patent number: 5620190
    Abstract: An in-line roller skate for use by children has a stability enhancing mechanism and a movement limiting mechanism. The stability enhancing mechanism includes two rollers, mounted on an axle, that are selectively positionable side-by-side in a normal mode or spaced apart in a stable mode. A combine arm having two fingers pivots downward to cam the rollers inward from the stable to the normal mode. Alternately, a separator arm pivots downward to slide the two rollers apart on the axle from the normal mode to the stable mode. The movement limiting mechanism includes a roller, mounted on an axle, that has teeth formed on the radially inner surface of the cylindrical outer portion. A pawl has a pawl arm extending into the inner cylindrical portion of the roller to engage the teeth and a pawl tongue that extends into a pawl adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Fisher-Price, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert P. Maggiore
  • Patent number: 5611567
    Abstract: A non-explosive pyrotechnic linear release device is comprised of a body within which, at a proximal end, a pyrotechnic, comprised of a compressed gasless ignition powder, is contained behind a support ram which extends forward from the distal end of the body to support the sealed exit end of a pressure container which has been charged with a fluid, preferably air. The compressed pyrotechnic provides a psi pressure against the proximal end of the support ram greater than the psi pressure of the fluid against the sealed exit end of the pressure container. When the pyrotechnic is ignited by signal from an impact detecting element in the automobile during a crash, the pressure provided by the compacted pyrotechnic is dissipated, the support ram is then pushed proximally by the pressure from the pressure container and the exit end of the pressure container becomes unsealed and releases the fluid under pressure to the air bag or bags provided in the automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Cartridge Actuated Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward S. Hoo
  • Patent number: 5549309
    Abstract: A multi-line in-line roller skate, having a frame (15) which includes a pair of siderails (4), a center rail (3), and a topsurface (5), the frame composed of two adjacent siderails separated by either one or two center rails all of which are communicating with the topsurface through a common connection of their top edges. The siderails and center rail(s) are positioned so as to form two parallel channels or planes in which a plurality of wheels may supportably rotate therein. This combination of frame and wheels along with axles, bearings, aperture plugs, and an assortment of many other accessories can be put together and attached to a boot/shoe (6) to form the multi-line in-line roller skate (14). The frame (15) is made of a light-weight sturdy material which can withstand the random degrees of pressure that may be exerted upon it, and the design of the frame allows for many adjustments and varied wheel configurations . The frame may take many forms to facilitate utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Inventor: Darin L. Gleichmann
  • Patent number: 5524911
    Abstract: The present invention involves a skate that can be converted from an in-line wheel configuration in which all of the skate wheels are coplanar to a parallel or quad wheel configuration, and vice versa. The skate includes a foot or shoe enclosure, a wheel chassis, a wheel support, at least two wheels, and a tie rod which anchors the wheel chassis at a center point and allows the wheel chassis to pivot the wheels from an in-line to a parallel configuration. The foot enclosure includes posts which support and secure the wheel chassis, with a nut threadably engaging the post to rotatably secure the wheel chassis relative to the foot enclosure. The tie rods have a predetermined length which maintains the angular position of the wheels relative to the foot enclosure regardless of the angular position of the wheel chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Inventor: Jimmy Cochimin
  • Patent number: 5388393
    Abstract: A bicycle powered mower comprises a securing member which connects to the front fork of a bicycle, a universal joint portion connected to the securing portion, and a mower connected to the universal joint portion. When a bicycle, with its front wheel removed and the securing portion of the bike mower secured to the front fork, is propelled by conventional means, the mower will move over an area to be mowed. The universal joint portion permits the bicycle to be turned without tilting the bike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventor: David R. Woodling
  • Patent number: 5222348
    Abstract: A bicycle powered lawn mower comprises a mower frame, to which is attached a rear axle carrying a pair of rear wheels. The mower frame includes bicycle support brackets whereby a bicycle can be releasably received on the frame. A drive is provided whereby the mower frame can be transported over a surface. The mower frame further comprises a cutter blade assembly operatively connected to the drive so that the blade assembly can be selectively activated or deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Inventor: David R. Woodling
  • Patent number: 5118123
    Abstract: A trailer is provided for hitching to a self-propelled lawn mower. A pair of wheels are rotatably supported at the outer sides of the trailer. An elongate central ridge member supports a pair of foot plates, one on each side of the ridge. A side member extends upward from the lateral edge of each foot plate to securely position the feet of a standing operator. The top surface of the central ridge member supports a pair of veritcal studs that can removably hold in place a seat on a seat standard. A pair of threaded knobs fit into the studs to cover the studs when the seat is not used and to fasten the seat in place when converting from a standing trailer to a sitting trailer. A tubular element within the central ridge member receives an elongate towbar. The towbar is readily adjusted and locked within the tubular element to adjust the spacing between mower handles and seated or standing operator as required. Different towbars are provided for connection to different mowers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: Irving Betrock
  • Patent number: 5100161
    Abstract: A skateboard is modified for use on off-road terrain and includes a shock absorber system. The shock absorber system includes a spacer unit having a plurality of shock absorber plates affixed to the deck unit of the skateboard and to which the skateboard axle is pivotally fixed. Shock absorber wheels are fastened to the skateboard wheels by self-tapping screws extending through a central hub section of the shock absorber wheels and into the skateboard tires. Shock absorber material, such as foam material or a helical spring, is located inside the tires of the shock absorber wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Inventor: Joseph Tillyer
  • Patent number: 4958842
    Abstract: A toy kit convertible to form a scooter, a rocking horse, or a tricycle. The scooter is generally a toy vehicle with a pair of extendable rear wheel assemblies. One or more sets of female retainers are provided on the rear end of the scooter. The rocking horse has a pair of parallel and foldable bases with one holf fixed by several lateral bars and a seat portion supported on the central position of the rocking horse. One or more sets of male retainers are provided on the lateral bars of the base of the rocking horse. The rocking horse can be disposed on and engaged with the scooter by the connection between the female retainers of the scooter and the male retainers of the rocking horse so as to form a tricycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Inventor: Morgan Chang
  • Patent number: 4902027
    Abstract: A dolly having large surface bearing area wheels has a frame upon which a wheeled device with wheels having insufficient surface bearing area for the terrain desired to be traversed can be supported. The dolly has a handle for propelling it. The structure may be built with provision for folding it to a more compact form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Inventor: Billie J. Skelly
  • Patent number: 4895379
    Abstract: A convertible tricycle/riding toy which is interchangeable for use with any one of a variety of interchangeable frames having a variety of different uses is disclosed. The convertible tricycle/riding toy includes a handle bar and wheel frame with handle bars at one end and a front tricycle wheel rotatably mounted by foot pedals at the other end. The convertible tricycle/riding toy further includes spaced rear tricycle wheels mounted for rotation thereof. In order to convert the tricycle/riding toy as desired, a series of interchangeable frames having a variety of different uses are provided, each of which is separately and independently connected to the handle bar and wheel frame as well as rotatably mounts the rear wheels for operation of the convertible tricycle/riding toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Angeles Nursery Toys, Inc.
    Inventor: Ray G. Kelly
  • Patent number: 4892166
    Abstract: A device for coupling a front wheel unit of a motorized wheelchair with a rear wheel unit to obtain an assembled motorized wheelchair. Generally the front wheel unit includes a wheel and handlebars or a steering wheel. The rear wheel unit includes at least a frame and a wheel rotatably connected to the frame. The coupling device includes a connector portion at the front end of the rear unit frame, which connector is generally vertically oriented but inclined forward slightly. The front wheel unit correspondingly has at its rear end a connector portion which is inclined forward at approximately the same angle as the rear connector, and sized and positioned so as to telescopically interfit with the rear connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1990
    Inventor: Edward J. Gaffney
  • Patent number: 4865337
    Abstract: A kit of parts for assembling a number of toy vehicles having at least a bucket, two spine members with each having one portion of its length extending at an angle to the other, a support member, three wheels each with an axle therefor, and connectors for all these parts. The parts are all so constructed that they may be assembled together by use of the connectors to form at least a tricycle and a wheelbarrow. At least one of the spine members and the support member is capable of assembly in at least two different positions relative to the bucket to create the differing toys. The kit includes only a relatively small number of parts but is versatile because of the ability of certain parts to perform at least two different functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Martin Robert Disler
    Inventors: Martin R. Disler, Federico D. de la Pena
  • Patent number: 4714261
    Abstract: A steering wheel fixing construction for toy vehicles has front wheel support rod which projects beyond the upper surface of a toy body. A sleeve integral with a steering wheel is removably fitted on the projecting portion of the front wheel support rod. The portion of the upper surface of the toy body around the front wheel support rod has with a relatively narrow groove and a relatively wide groove. The sleeve has an engaging projection sized to snugly fit in the narrow groove. The engaging projection can be selectively positioned in the narrow groove or in the wide groove. If the projection is positioned in the narrow groove, the rotation of the steering wheel is inhibited. If the engaging projection if positioned in the wide groove, the rotation of the steering wheel is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Aprica Kassai Kabushikikaisha
    Inventor: Kenzou Kassai
  • Patent number: 4691930
    Abstract: A convertible wheeled vehicle which is capable of assembly into any one of a plurality of different vehicles includes a front wheel frame assembly. A wheel is mounted to the front wheel frame assembly. A chassis assembly has at least one wheel. A pair of vertically spaced plates extends from the front wheel assembly and a tubular connector associated with the chassis assembly is disposed therebetween. A pin extends between the plates and through the tubular connector for securing the chassis in any one of a plurality of orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Inventor: Michael Samuel
  • Patent number: 4678204
    Abstract: An auxiliary shock absorber assembly for use on a vehicle in combination with the original equipment shock absorbers and vehicle suspension system including a conventional shock absorber of the type having a piston rod extending from end thereof and a built-in return for the piston rod, a shaft extension secured to the depending extended end of the piston rod, a stop member secured to the end of the shaft extension, a second stop member disposed between the shaft extension and the piston rod, and a mounting bracket adapted to be slidably disposed on the shaft extension between the stop members thereon and secured to the suspension system of the vehicle such that when traveling over conventional road conditions, shock absorption is provided solely by the original shock absorbers and the vehicle suspension system with the mounting bracket assembly sliding along the shaft extension of the auxiliary shock absorber assembly with the movement of the vehicle suspension system and, upon encountering an abrupt irregul
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Inventor: Todd G. Hetherington
  • Patent number: 4657270
    Abstract: A tricycle which is capable of being converted either to a traditional high position in which a rider is seated relatively high on the frame, or to a low slung position in which the frame is inverted so that a rider is seated relatively low on the frame. To invert the frame, the a front fork and handlebar are removable from the head tube of the tricycle and invertible relative to the frame and the seat is adjustable between a high and low position corresponding to the high and low slung tricycle positions. A rear deck is attached to a rear portion of the main tube and is tubular in shape so that it fully and protects encloses the rear axle of the tricycle in both the high and the low frame positions. A seat is mounted on the frame and is capable of forward and rearward adjustment as well as upward and downward adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Allen, Robert L. Diekman
  • Patent number: 4379563
    Abstract: An auxiliary ice skate blade for attachment to the skate blade secured to a skate boot. The auxiliary skate blade comprises a narrow elongated blade having an ice contacting edge and a blade support member secured to an upper part of the elongated blade for detachable securement to the skate blade secured to a boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1983
    Inventor: Serge Arsenault
  • Patent number: 4231582
    Abstract: A play seat includes telescoping scissor frames for supporting a seat above a base ring composed of two opposing arcuate ring sections whose opposite ends are connected together by stiff coil springs. The lower ends of the scissor frames are pivotally connected to the ring sections so that any weight in the seat tends to spread apart the ring sections thereby tensioning the springs whereby the seat is resiliently supported above the ground. Each spring is protectively enclosed within a plastic sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1980
    Assignee: Hedstrom Co.
    Inventor: Mark D. Moss
  • Patent number: 4166630
    Abstract: A child's riding toy of an overall "scooter" type configuration. A longitudinally orientated vehicle body having supporting wheels at the forward and rear ends thereof is adapted to support one of the knees of the child riding thereon. An outrigger portion extends laterally from the side of the body and is provided with a third wheel so as to enable three-point rolling support for the vehicle. Separate handles are provided above the forward and outrigger wheels such that the child may simultaneously grasp both such handles while supporting his body in a forward leaning position above the vehicle while the unsupported leg is available for propulsion. The forward wheel is capable of limited pivoted movement with respect to the vehicle body such that the child may steer the vehicle through a variety of exciting turning maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1979
    Inventors: Paul J. Sullivan, Fredric C. Behling, George W. Ptaszek
  • Patent number: 4158397
    Abstract: The invention discloses a vehicle frame to be attached to the frame of a conventional two-wheeled motorcycle whose front wheel and fork have been removed, resulting in a combined structure of considerable integrity which may then be utilized as a basis for the construction of a three-wheeled vehicle commonly known as a cyclecar, said vehicle frame being of sufficiently general configuration to allow the builder considerable latitude in the choice of components necessary for the completion of the cyclecar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1979
    Inventor: Richard F. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 4050706
    Abstract: A ski tow for use in transporting skis, packages or other miscellaneous articles in areas where travel by automobile or snowmobile is hazardous or inconvenient has been developed. This tow consists of two ski runners which serve as the base of the device and which therefore allows the tow to travel on ice or snow. Several carrying devices such as a ski rack or a package container are removably attached to an upright frame affixed to the ski runners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1977
    Inventor: Rachel Kronstadt