Sectional Or Split Relatively Movable Supporting Surface Patents (Class 297/201)
  • Patent number: 10750872
    Abstract: An adjustable saddle may include a mounting frame with a plurality of tracks configured to receive a plurality of fasteners configured to couple a first saddle half base and a second saddle half base to the mounting frame. The plurality of tracks may extend along a rectilinear path, and/or an arcuate path, to allow pivotal attachment of the first and second saddle half bases at a plurality of different pivot points. In some embodiments, the first and second saddle half bases may also include a plurality of mounting tabs and an intermediate open space formed between the first and second saddle half bases, when the adjustable saddle is fully assembled, in order to allow easy access to the plurality of fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Jon A. Petty
  • Patent number: 10618583
    Abstract: A split saddle bicycle seat assembly for reducing friction and fatigue in a rider's hip joint while riding a bicycle includes a post that is insertable into a bicycle seat sleeve on a bicycle. A pair of arms is each of the arms is slidably coupled to the plate and each of the arms extends laterally away from the post in opposite directions from each other. A pair of saddles is each pivotally coupled to a respective one of the arms. Thus, each of the saddles can support a respective one of the rider's hip joins when the rider mounts the bicycle. Each of the saddles is pivotal downwardly on the respective arm when the respective rider's hip joint rotates as a consequence of a downward stroke on pedals of the bicycle. In this way each of the saddles reduces friction and fatigue in the rider's hip joints when the bicycle is pedaled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Michel Marc
  • Patent number: 10556632
    Abstract: A bicycle saddle for attaching to a bicycle seat post including a rearward seat portion extending forwardly to a soft compressible nose. The seat portion adapted to support a rider's ischial tuberosities in the cruising position. The nose adapted to support the rider's pudendal or pelvic anatomy. The seat portion having downwardly sloped lateral flanges disposed either side of the nose wherein the flanges continue to provide support to the ischial tuberosities. Any increase in perineal and pudendal pressure is substantially absorbed by the compressibility of the nose such that maintaining continuous contact with the seat portion and nose enables full saddle control as the rider shifts from the cruising to an aerodynamic or racing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: PARADIGM INDUSTRIES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BASF SE
    Inventor: Craig Bowker
  • Patent number: 10435097
    Abstract: A bicycle seat has a bicycle saddle with a forward end and a rearward end, the saddle having an ischial region. One or more cushioning pads are placed on the saddle in the ischial region. The cushioning pads have an upper surface, with the cushioning pads being connected to the saddle in a manner that enables the upper surface of the cushioning pads to move either from side to side with respect to the saddle during pedaling, or forward and rearward with respect to the saddle during pedaling, or both from side to side and forward and rearward during pedaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Jarik Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Eric C. Jay
  • Patent number: 10384736
    Abstract: A cycle comprising a cycle frame, a first saddle component, a first support component coupled to the first saddle component and to the cycle frame, wherein the first saddle component moves between an upper pedaling position and a lower pedaling position, a second saddle component, and a second support component coupled to the second saddle component and to the cycle frame, wherein the second saddle component moves between the upper pedaling position and the lower pedaling position, and the first saddle component and the second saddle component are configured to distribute a weight of a rider over a buttocks region and an upper leg region of the rider is shown. In one embodiment, the first saddle component and the second saddle component are ergonomically shaped to contour the rider's buttocks region and upper leg region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Marcelo A. Pizarro
  • Patent number: 10286818
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback and a seat base. The seat base is operably coupled to the seatback. The seat base includes a first suspension assembly and a second suspension assembly. The first suspension assembly includes a seat pan assembly and a seat cushion assembly. The seat cushion assembly is positioned above the seat pan assembly. The second suspension assembly includes a plurality of independent thigh supports operably coupled to a forward portion of the seat pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Daniel Ferretti, John Wayne Jaranson, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Michael Kolich, S. M. Akbar Berry, Carol Diane Casey, David Andree, Rodney Charles Brinker
  • Patent number: 10246154
    Abstract: Among other things, a compliant element is configured to attach a seat of a device on which a user pedals to a frame of the device. The compliant element has a stiffness that is small enough to permit substantially unimpeded rocking of the seat relative to the frame in a plane in which the spine and pelvic bone of the user lie when the user is on the seat, and is large enough to maintain the seat in a substantially horizontal plane when the user is not on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Balanced Bicycle Seats LLC
    Inventor: Robert M. Eldredge
  • Patent number: 10183715
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a support element for the human body, including a padding component and a base component or body, the base component including an upper, in use, surface, as well as a lower, in use, surface, the padding component includes an upper, in use, surface, and a lower, in use, surface designed to engage the upper, in use, surface of the base component, the support element including removable anchoring means of the base component to the padding component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Selle Royal S.P.A.
    Inventors: Barbara Bigolin, Claudio Checchin, Marco Malfatti
  • Patent number: 10118658
    Abstract: An adjustable saddle may include a front mounting bracket with first and second apertures that receive first and second fasteners and a rear mounting bracket with third and fourth apertures that receive third and fourth fasteners. The adjustable saddle may also include first and second saddle half bases that each pivotally attach to the front mounting bracket and slidably translate relative to the rear mounting bracket through first and second arcuate adjustment channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Jon A. Petty
  • Patent number: 10106217
    Abstract: A saddle device includes a first seat unit, a second seat unit mounted to and disposed behind the first seat unit, a saddle unit mounted to the second seat unit, and having a top surface unit, and a supporting member connected to the first seat unit, disposed behind the second seat unit, having a rear mounting end portion that is distal from the first seat unit, and transformable between a lifted position and a lowered position such that, when the supporting member is at the lifted position, the rear mounting end portion is located above the top surface unit of the saddle unit, and when the supporting member is at the lowered position, the rear mounting end portion is located below the top surface unit of the saddle unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Hsin-Hsiang Hsu
  • Patent number: 9957009
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a support element for the human body, including a padding component and a base component or body, the base component including an upper, in use, surface, as well as a lower, in use, surface, the padding component includes an upper, in use, surface, and a lower, in use, surface designed to engage the upper, in use, surface of the base component, the support element including removable anchoring means of the base component to the padding component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SELLE ROYAL S.P.A.
    Inventors: Barbara Bigolin, Claudio Checchin, Marco Malfatti
  • Patent number: 9723928
    Abstract: A sitting bones cushion can include a right aperture and a left aperture, which can allow a person sitting on the cushion to experience reduced pressure on the person's lower pelvis. The sitting bones cushion can also include a right leg support cutout, a left leg support cutout, and a rear cutout, which can allow a person sitting in the cushion to experience reduced pressure on the person's coccyx, while having support and guidance to the position of the legs. The features of the cushion may promote a healthy sitting posture, proper spine alignment, and may reduce or prevent pain in the lower back and buttocks. Also disclosed is a method for configuring a support contour of a cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Max Krishtul
  • Patent number: 9688329
    Abstract: An ergonomic seat for a cycle and a manufacturing method of said seat comprise two seating surfaces that are curved upward and forward to allow a user to be supported continuously in the precise anatomical regions situated under each ischium, under the upper dorsal part of the thighs as far as a ventro-lateral part of the thighs in the region of the acetabulums, and passing via each of the creases of the superficial dorso-lateral region of the body which join the thigh to the buttock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Philippe Pasquier
  • Patent number: 9676443
    Abstract: A bicycle may include a detachable seat assembly configured to disconnect from a bicycle frame, the detachable seat assembly including a housing, a post extending from the housing and a seat supported by the post, the seat having two flaps extending from and foldable at a joint and configured to fold around the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Paul Perkins, Jason Ashley Cummins
  • Patent number: 9573643
    Abstract: A bicycle seat assembly for providing enhanced comfort while riding a bicycle includes a mount that may be coupled to a seat post of a bicycle. A seat is rotatably coupled to the mount such that the seat may be positionable at a selected angle with respect to the seat post. The seat is structured to be substantially chevron shaped thereby enhancing a comfort of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: S R Schwary
  • Patent number: 9527419
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base. A thigh support is pivotally coupled to and extends forward from the seat base. The thigh support is spring-biased relative to the seat base to a raised position. A lever is operably coupled to a center portion of the thigh support by a hinge. The lever is spring-biased to a raised position relative to the thigh support and includes a rack with a plurality of teeth proximate the hinge. The teeth of the rack are configured to engage a catch projecting from the seat base. A handle extends transversely from the lever. The handle is operable to disengage the rack from the catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christian J. Hosbach, Brandon W. Nichols, Johnathan Andrew Line, Mandeep Singh Sidhu, Jason William Nisbett
  • Patent number: 9498067
    Abstract: A seat device is provided. The seat device has a foot part, an intermediate piece that is connected to the foot part, and a seat that is connected to the intermediate piece and is formed by two individual seat halves. The seat halves can be moved independently of each other. A coupling device is provided between the seat and the intermediate piece. The seat halves can be moved horizontally in a translatory manner by the coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: AERIS GMBH
    Inventor: Josef Gloeckl
  • Patent number: 9493203
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for supporting a bicycle rider. The apparatus comprises an elongate central member and first and second independently biased members each located to a lateral side of the central member. The method comprises providing an elongate central member and biasing first and second members to lateral sides of the central member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Lyle Portz
  • Patent number: 9421894
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base. First and second independent thigh supports are pivotally coupled to the seat base. A support rod extends below the first and second independent thigh supports and is operably coupled to each of the first and second independent thigh supports by a gasket member and a bracket. A first spring member includes a body portion in abutting contact with an underside of the first independent thigh support and includes legs engaged with the support rod. The first spring member biases the first independent thigh support to a raised position. A second spring member includes a body portion in abutting contact with an underside of the second independent thigh support and includes legs engaged with the support rod. The second spring member biases the second independent thigh support to a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Christian J. Hosbach, Brandon W. Nichols, Mandeep Singh Sidhu, Balakrishna Reddy
  • Patent number: 9409614
    Abstract: A bicycle saddle structure includes a saddle portion having two elastic supporting bodies in a bottom surface thereof and a nose position pivoted to the saddle portion, the elastic supporting bodies are circular spiral-shaped, which can provide a buffer force to the rider, so as to improve the riding comfort. The nose portion can be selectively located at the same level as or vertical to the saddle portion via a pivoting unit, the saddle can be changed to the nose-shaped saddle or the saddle without nose portion, so as to improve the applicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Nan Kai University of Technology
    Inventor: Teng-Ruey Chang
  • Patent number: 9394022
    Abstract: A sitting assembly is disclosed including a first and a second saddle pad for a transition between a first state and a second state. In the first state, the saddle pad will hang down, such that a user may step over the saddle pad. In the second state, the saddle pad will have a substantial horizontal orientation suitable for sitting. The transition may be a rotation such that the sitting assembly is narrower in the first state than in the second state. A lever may be present for effecting the transition. The sitting assembly is intended for use on vehicles, and is suitably coupled to a frame thereof by means of a saddle pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Barbara Elisabeth Alink
  • Patent number: 9321496
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bicycle seat including two or more support cushions. Two support cushions are independently rotatable to move with a bicycle rider's legs, and comprise angled portions that support the rider's buttocks and upper thighs. Another fixed cushion supports the genital and perineal areas of a rider's anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Craig Curless
  • Patent number: 9233725
    Abstract: An ergonomic bicycle seat to reduce pressure on a pubic bone, ischial tuberosity and pudendal surface of a user includes a concave frame with an opening in a central portion of the frame. The concave frame cradles the ischial tuberosity of the user and the opening removes pressure on the pubic bone and pudendal surface of the user. A support layer is affixed to a top portion of the concave frame and an arched rail is affixed to a bottom portion of the concave frame and a bicycle. The rail flexes and disperses a weight load of the user away from the pubic bone of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Vincent Robert Marcel
  • Patent number: 9045186
    Abstract: A bicycle seat assembly having an adjustable width nose portion includes an H-shaped base that supports a lateral left side pad and a lateral right side pad. A rail extends under the base and between the left and right side nose portions of the seat assembly. A front rail mount includes a housing, a shuttle, an actuator, and left and right mount supports. Operation of the actuator alters the position of the left and right mount supports relative to the housing and thereby alters a distance between the respective left and right side nose portions of the seat base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Trek Bicycle Corporation
    Inventors: Jess Bailie, Po Liao
  • Publication number: 20150145293
    Abstract: A sitting assembly is disclosed including a first and a second saddle pad for a transition between a first state and a second state. In the first state, the saddle pad will hang down, such that a user may step over the saddle pad. In the second state, the saddle pad will have a substantial horizontal orientation suitable for sitting. The transition may be a rotation such that the sitting assembly is narrower in the first state than in the second state. A lever may be present for effecting the transition. The sitting assembly is intended for use on vehicles, and is suitably coupled to a frame thereof by means of a saddle pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Barbara Elisabeth ALINK
  • Patent number: 8998314
    Abstract: Among other things, a structure supports the ischial tubularities of a user of a device to which the structure is attached, while gravity is applying a downward force on the ischial tubularities and the user's legs are engaged in motion during which forces are being applied that tend to cause the user's respective ischial tubularities to move relative to a frame of the device. The structure includes two buttock supports having surfaces against which the bottom surfaces of the user's respective buttocks bear during the motion. A mechanism connects the two buttock supports to the frame of the device to permit simultaneously (1) free motion of the two buttock supports (a) up and down relative to a frame of the device and (b) back and forth relative to the frame of the device and (2) free variation of the angular orientations of the bottom surfaces of the user's buttocks back and forth, relative to a hypothetical horizontal plane that is fixed relative to the frame of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Balanced Bicycle Seats LLC
    Inventor: Robert M. Eldredge
  • Patent number: 8944501
    Abstract: A flying wing-shaped saddle comprises a saddle integrally formed by a plate body with a U-shaped trough for guiding airflow, a butterfly wings symmetrically extended from the left and right end of said trough respectively, which is used for sitting thereon, and a bow formed by a bent rod which comprises a fixing part, a buffering part and a support part, said fixing part formed by two rods disposed in parallel and fixed on the seat post of the bicycle, said buffering part formed by two rods extending from two front ends of said fixing part, said supporting part formed by two rods which are extended outwardly, diagonally and symmetrically from the two back ends of said fixing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Shih-Yuan Tseng
  • Publication number: 20140375092
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bicycle seat including two or more support cushions. Two support cushions are independently rotatable to move with a bicycle rider's legs, and comprise angled portions that support the rider's buttocks and upper thighs. Another fixed cushion supports the genital and perineal areas of a rider's anatomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Curless
  • Patent number: 8894591
    Abstract: A walking assistance device includes a seating member configured to provide seating for a user to sit astride, and leg links connected to the seating member. The seating member includes: a supporting member configured to support the user sitting on the seating member from below the seating member; a movable member configured to contact an inguinal region of the user supported by the supporting member and to be movably supported by the supporting member; and at least one elastic member provided between the movable member and the supporting member and configured to be deformable in accordance with a force applied from the inguinal region of the user to the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Hiki
  • Publication number: 20140132047
    Abstract: Among other things, a structure supports the ischial tubularities of a user of a device to which the structure is attached, while gravity is applying a downward force on the ischial tubularities and the user's legs are engaged in motion during which forces are being applied that tend to cause the user's respective ischial tubularities to move relative to a frame of the device. The structure includes two buttock supports having surfaces against which the bottom surfaces of the user's respective buttocks bear during the motion. A mechanism connects the two buttock supports to the frame of the device to permit simultaneously (1) free motion of the two buttock supports (a) up and down relative to a frame of the device and (b) back and forth relative to the frame of the device and (2) free variation of the angular orientations of the bottom surfaces of the user's buttocks back and forth, relative to a hypothetical horizontal plane that is fixed relative to the frame of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Robert M. Eldredge
  • Patent number: 8696059
    Abstract: A seat cushion for reducing back pain via elevating specific areas of a user's posterior and back is provided. The seat cushion includes two outer sections of generally semicircular shape and first height, each having a lower layer of firm foam of first thickness and an upper layer of soft foam of second thickness, the first thickness exceeds the second thickness, an inner section of generally rectangular shape with length and width and second height less than the first height, the inner section extends lengthwise between the outer sections forming a channel above the inner section and between the outer sections, a cushion base provides support for the underside of the outer sections and inner section, whereby for the user sitting on the seat cushion, a specific area of the user's posterior and back aligned with the channel is elevated above the channel to relieve pressure on the specific area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Carmichael Throne Company
    Inventor: Daniel L. Carmichael, IV
  • Patent number: 8678699
    Abstract: A connection system for connecting an item to a U-shaped frame member is provided. The system includes: at least two opposed toggle clamps for releasably engaging the arms of the U-shaped frame member; at least one toe which releasably engages the top bend of the U-shaped frame member; and wherein the toggle clamps and toe are connected to a base member which forms part of, or is attachable, to the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Thule IP AB
    Inventor: Patrick David Maguire
  • Publication number: 20130292977
    Abstract: A bicycle seat assembly having an adjustable width nose portion includes an H-shaped base that supports a lateral left side pad and a lateral right side pad. A rail extends under the base and between the left and right side nose portions of the seat assembly. A front rail mount includes a housing, a shuttle, an actuator, and left and right mount supports. Operation of the actuator alters the position of the left and right mount supports relative to the housing and thereby alters a distance between the respective left and right side nose portions of the seat base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Jess Bailie, Po Liao
  • Patent number: 8534754
    Abstract: Bicycle apparatus for use with a bicycle that, includes a bicycle seat post, the apparatus including at least one bicycle seat support member (14), a pair of locking members (28,30) mechanically linked to the bicycle-seat support member (14), and a lock (32) adapted to lock the locking members (28,30) to each other, wherein in a first position the bicycle seat support member (14) is securable to a bicycle seat post of a bicycle for use as a bicycle seat support, and in a second position the bicycle seat support member (14) is arranged for locking the bicycle by being locked with the locking members (28,30) and the lock (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ino Vision Ltd.
    Inventor: Oren Livne
  • Publication number: 20130181491
    Abstract: A retractable nose saddle comprising a sliding assembly (3) underneath the saddle parts (5, 2), which enables the separate nose portion (2) to be moved underneath or into the noseless saddle portion (5) to form a noseless saddle or to be moved back out from underneath or from within the noseless portion (5) to form a nosed saddle again.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: George Chiduman Onyeka
  • Patent number: 8480169
    Abstract: A bicycle seat assembly having an adjustable width nose portion includes an H-shaped base that supports a lateral left side pad and a lateral right side pad. A rail extends under the base and between the left and right side nose portions of the seat assembly. A front rail mount includes a housing, a shuttle, an actuator, and left and right mount supports. Operation of the actuator alters the position of the left and right mount supports relative to the housing and thereby alters a distance between the respective left and right side nose portions of the seat base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Trek Bicycle Corp.
    Inventors: Jess Bailie, Po Chin Liao
  • Patent number: 8317267
    Abstract: An ergonomic chair comprising a saddle seat, frame, and shin supports that are adjustable in position and orientation with respect to the saddle seat. The saddle seat is adjustable in terms of the width of the portion of the seat supporting the user's thighs. The shin supports are adjustable with respect to the position of the saddle seat in three degrees of freedom and freely rotate in a fourth degree of freedom. In one embodiment, the frame comprises a rocking mechanism allowing the seat to rock forward and back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Jay Stuart Wallace
  • Publication number: 20120286548
    Abstract: A bicycle seat assembly having an adjustable width nose portion includes an H-shaped base that supports a lateral left side pad and a lateral right side pad. A rail extends under the base and between the left and right side nose portions of the seat assembly. A front rail mount includes a housing, a shuttle, an actuator, and left and right mount supports. Operation of the actuator alters the position of the left and right mount supports relative to the housing and thereby alters a distance between the respective left and right side nose portions of the seat base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: JESS BAILIE, PO CHIN LIAO
  • Publication number: 20120242121
    Abstract: This invention relates to bicycle saddles. Several scientific studies have pointed to the risks of damage to the pudendal nerves and arteries associated with extended bicycle riding with conventional bicycle seats. It is the object of this invention to to provide a bicycle seat that can support the rider's weight while minimizing the pressure on the region near the pudendal canal. A further object of the invention is to allow the rider's legs to pedal without interference with the seat. A further object of the invention is to provide comfortable seating while bicycling. The invention consists of a relatively wide, flat seating surface—with no nose—that supports the sit bones of the rider and that pivots about a vertical axis to allow the seating surface to move out of the way of the rider's legs when pedaling on the down stroke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Karl Thatcher Ulrich
  • Patent number: 8246057
    Abstract: A vehicle has a straddle-type seat disposed on a frame. The straddle-type seat has at least one seating portion. A steering device is disposed forwardly of the seat. Left and right side supports are disposed laterally of the seating portion. The side supports have respective support surfaces facing laterally inwardly. The left and right support surfaces move in a direction of a current lateral acceleration of the vehicle in response to a current lateral acceleration of the vehicle. The left and right support surfaces move in a direction of a current rotation of the steering device in response to a current degree of rotation of the steering device. The support surfaces move in a direction of the longitudinal centerline of the vehicle when a force is exerted thereon in a direction opposite a current lateral acceleration of the vehicle. A method of supporting a rider is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Daunais
  • Publication number: 20120086246
    Abstract: The bicycle seat has a pair of seat pads that are independently movably mounted side by side on a pivot axis. Each of the seat pads has a posterior support region and a thigh support region. The posterior support region has a longitudinal circular curvature with radii of curvature having origins located ahead of the pivot axis. The thigh support region is located ahead of the posterior support region and the pivot axis, and it is contiguous with the posterior support region. The thigh support region has a longitudinal parabolic curvature with a principal axis extending above the pivot axis. As a result, a movement of the seat in use is small and cosine-dominant in the posterior support region and is large and sine-dominant in the thigh support region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Armand Belliveau
  • Patent number: 8061767
    Abstract: There is disclosed a seating system which may included a left seat and a right seat independently supported by left and right suspensions systems, respectively. The left and right suspension systems may provide independent vertical, lateral, azimuthal, and longitudinal roll motion of the left and right seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Patrik A. Kunzler, Enrique J. Garcia, William J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8047604
    Abstract: A bicycle is provided with a saddle. The saddle includes a frame and a padding device. The frame includes a front tray and a rear tray. The padding device includes a front pad and two rear pads. The front pad is installed on the front tray. The rear pads are installed on the rear tray. A space is defined between the front pad and the rear pads. A space is defined between the rear trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Publication number: 20110260511
    Abstract: A bicycling seat configuration and method of use comprising: a horizontally expandable base; a first seat pad, where at least one post extends from the base to support the first seat pad; a second seat pad, where at least one post extends from the base to support the second seat pad, where the first seat pad and second seat pad form are positioned to form an adjustable gap; and a connecting post, said connecting post extends from the base and provides a mechanism to mount the seat configuration on a bicycle. The bicycling seat configuration according to the present invention may also include a swivel mount for each seat pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: JEROME SIRJORD
  • Publication number: 20110260510
    Abstract: A bicycle seat includes two parts and a spring member is connected between the two respective rear ends of the first and second parts. A first fixing member is fixed to an underside of the spring member. A second fixing member is connected across the two respective front ends of the first and second parts respectively. A frame includes a closed end, a first distal end and a second distal end, the closed end is inserted into the reception recess of the second fixing member. The two distal ends of the frame are connected to the two ends of the first fixing member. The two parts are individually deformed when the cyclist changes his/her poses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: KIND SHOCK HI-TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: JUNG YU HSU
  • Patent number: 8007042
    Abstract: A bicycle saddle, in particular, a men's bicycle saddle, has a seat part and a front part. A spring arm and a damping arm are connected fixedly to the front part. One end of the spring arm is likewise connected fixedly to the seat part via a retaining element. One end of the damping arm is not connected to the seat part and, if a force occurs in the genital region, is movable in the direction of an arrow. Damping of the movement takes place here on account of the elastomeric body which reduces a pressure occurring in the genital region of the cyclist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: RTI Sports Vertrieb Von Sportartiklen
    Inventors: Franc Arnold, Kim Tofaute, Lutz Scheffer, David Crafoord, Andreas Heimerdinger
  • Patent number: 8002347
    Abstract: The cycle seat with adjustable sides includes laterally adjustable side wings for increased rider stability. The seat is mounted on arcuately articulating arms that pivot from the lower forward frame of the cycle. The arms are biased upwardly by a spring, thus urging the seat into contact with the rider. A latch mechanism allows the rider to latch the seat position in a lower range for normal riding, or to latch the seat in a higher range to support the rider as he or she stands on the pedals to exert greater force during acceleration or uphill riding. The greater support provided by the raised seat and articulating support mechanism during such riding greatly reduces the amount of upper body exertion the rider would otherwise need to stabilize him or herself using the cycle handlebars, thus freeing the rider to exert greater pedal force during such extreme cycling operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventors: James B. Geyer, Thomas C. Geyer
  • Patent number: 8002346
    Abstract: A bicycle seat frame includes a front unit, a middle unit and a rear unit, each unit includes two pads located on two sides of the seat frame and multiple connection members are respectively connected between the pads of the front unit, the middle unit and the rear unit on the two sides of the bicycle seat frame. Gaps are defined between the front unit, the middle unit and the rear unit. Two rods are connected between the front unit and the rear unit and connected to the seat post. The connection members are flexible so as to absorb the shocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Chester Wen
  • Patent number: 7976102
    Abstract: A seat includes a first seat body and a second seat body juxtaposed to and combined with the first seat body. The first seat body has a bottom provided with a first connecting plate. The second seat body has a bottom provided with a second connecting plate movably mounted on the first connecting plate of the first seat body. Thus, the distance and angle between the second seat body and the first seat body can be adjusted freely according to users of different sizes so that the seat is designed to satisfy the requirements of different users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Kuo-Chyang Chang
  • Patent number: 7866431
    Abstract: To ensure that a fuel supply port or hydrogen gas charge port located on the lower side of a seat for a rider in a motorcycle can be opened and closed with less burden. A crosswise groove is provided between a driver's seat and a pillion of the seat for a rider. The pillion is provided with a longitudinal groove extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body. A charge port is located on the lower side of the crosswise groove. A pad to be fitted in the crosswise groove covers the charge port. An arm as a support member of the pad is contained in the longitudinal groove. In the condition where the arm is set upright and the pad is set upright, the pad is inverted and a cushion part thereof faces forward, thereby providing a backrest for the passenger at the pillion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masamoto Ito