With Cushioned Top Patents (Class 297/214)
  • Patent number: 10829363
    Abstract: Multiple flex units are used to provide predetermined focused areas of flex in a substrate, such as an equine saddle tree, Apertures are placed on the underside and filled with either a combination of stopple and slurry or slurry alone, each forming a flex unit. The placement, dimensions and fill of the flex unit enable a predetermined focused area of flex to be established within the specific area. The slurry is a mixture of carbon fibers and epoxy and the stopples are a mixture of substrate and epoxy to form hard stopples, a mixture of composite and flexible epoxy to form more flexible stopples; or a combination hard and flexible mixture in a stopples. The shape, periphery, diameter and depth each of the apertures and hardness, size and category of the stopples as well as location of placement determines the area, degree and direction of the flex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Edmund Coffin, Stanley P Yavoroski
  • Patent number: 10743669
    Abstract: A seat pad (10) of the present invention includes a placement surface (11). A lateral slit portion (15) which extends from an outer side of the seat pad (10) toward an inner side thereof is formed in a first lateral direction (B1) along the placement surface (11), and at least a portion of the lateral slit portion (15) gradually becomes larger from the outer side of the seat pad (10) toward the inner side thereof in a thickness direction (H) orthogonal to the placement surface (11) along the first lateral direction (B1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Kumagai, Yoshiyuki Takahashi, Toshimitsu Shinohara, Taisuke Yonezawa
  • Patent number: 10577735
    Abstract: It is intended to improve texture of a decoration using a stitch line while improving workability in sewing for forming the stitch line at a skin material, to promote manufacturing efficiency as compared to formation of a stepped shape only by sewing, and to reduce the number of steps. A skin material is used for a conveyance seat, and is molded using a die. The skin material includes a linearly-extending stepped portion having a stepped shape transferred from the die, and a stitch line sewn along the stepped portion. The stepped portion serves as a guide upon formation of the stitch line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Honma, Tatsuro Ogawa, Takashi Kojima
  • Patent number: 10486760
    Abstract: A seat structure includes a substrate structure and a pad structure affixed to a top surface of the substrate structure. The seat structure has a support region configured to provide a support for a user's buttocks, and a downwardly sloped nose portion. The seat structure is bump-less in that there is no raised portion at an area between the user's legs which would extend upwardly from adjacent laterally outward portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: AB Inventions, LLC
    Inventors: Ani Supowitz, Bryan Visintin, Ian Fettes
  • Patent number: 10442484
    Abstract: A bike saddle incorporating a bio-gel structure includes, arranged in a saddle, a foam material layer and a surface layer set on and covering a surface of the foam material layer. A plurality of spaced through holes is formed in the foam material layer. A bio-gel layer is formed on an undersurface of the foam material layer. A plurality of bio-gel blocks are respectively filled in the through holes of the foam material layer. Each of the bio-gel blocks has a top end in contact with an underside of the surface layer and a bottom end integrally connected with the bio-gel layer. The bio-gel layer provides a rider with comfortable riding experience and also achieves an antibacterial effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DDK Group Co., Ltd., Taiwan Branch
    Inventor: Ying-Chiao Sung
  • Patent number: 10308301
    Abstract: A seat for use with a vehicle is provided. The seat includes a base, a cushioning material coupled to the base, an outer cover positioned over the base and the cushioning material, the outer cover including at least one accessory portion comprising at least one strap coupled to a seam of the outer cover and a securement component coupling the at least one strap to the outer cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Mitch Walk
  • Patent number: 10165862
    Abstract: A seating structure includes a frame, a carrier, and a suspension material. The frame includes front, rear, and side portions that define a continuous outer periphery of the frame. The frame further includes a cross portion extending between the side portions. The frame also includes openings in the front and rear portions, with the cross portion between the openings. The cross portion includes stiffening ribs. The carrier includes a suspension material connected to the outer periphery of the frame. The frame and carrier have respective first and second attachment features that engage to lock the carrier onto the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Johann Burkhard Schmitz, Carola E. M. Zwick, Roland R. O. Zwick
  • Patent number: 10155556
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a cushioning material structure, for a vehicle seat, that makes it possible to reduce the weight of the vehicle seat while maintaining stable riding performance. A cushioning material supported by the top surface of a bottom plate provided on a vehicle body is provided with voids. This allows weight reduction without reducing the thickness of the cushioning material as in conventional cushioning-material structures, thereby making it possible to reduce the weight of the vehicle seat while maintaining stable riding performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohisa Chiba, Katsuhiro Kiya, Yoshinori Ueyama
  • Patent number: 10124535
    Abstract: A main body of a bicycle saddle includes an elastomer provided on a top surface thereof with a recess, a cover layer covering the top surface and having a concave area corresponding to the recess, and an auxiliary functional piece embedded in the concave area. The main body is manufactured by attaching a contacting surface of the cover layer to a mold cavity of a forming mold by vacuum suction to make a protrusion of the inner wall or a piece material glued to the contacting surface and including the auxiliary functional piece prop up the cover layer to form the concave area, forming the elastomer in the mold cavity, and embedding the auxiliary functional piece in the concave area or exposing the auxiliary functional piece on the contacting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: VELO ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsai-Yun Yu
  • Patent number: 10093373
    Abstract: A load-bearing frame of a bicycle saddle comprises a base and a rim surrounding the base. The base is made of a first plastic material of predetermined rigidity and includes a relatively narrow anterior portion and a relatively wider posterior portion. The base further has a top surface, a bottom surface, and a peripheral edge. The rim is made of a second plastic material of rigidity being smaller than that of the first plastic material. The rim has an inner side coupled with the periphery edge of the base and an outer side extending upwardly from the inner side to define a first receiving space with a first upper opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: VELO ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsai-Yun Yu
  • Patent number: 10010746
    Abstract: A seat adjustment structure for an exercise machine includes a T-shaped pipe, a sliding pipe, a locking member, and a connecting rod. The T-shaped pipe includes a transverse rod and an upright rod which are connected with each other. The transverse rod has an axial hole. The transverse rod has an elongated groove which is axially disposed along the transverse rod and extends to one of two ends of the transverse rod to form a notch. The sliding pipe slides from the notch into the transverse rod. The sliding pipe has a plurality of fixing holes. The locking member is disposed on the transverse rod and inserted in the axial hole, and can be engaged in any one of the fixing holes. Through the notch, the sliding pipe can be transversely inserted into the axial hole and accommodated in the transverse rod. The assembly operation is easy and simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Great Fitness Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Yung Hsu
  • Patent number: 9758204
    Abstract: The Motorcycle Operator Endurance Seat-Off Road (MOESOF) is a layered mesh like structure of straps that when installed over an existing off road motorcycle style seat provides additional width to better support a seated rider. The straps are spaced apart and attached together only at the points the straps cross each other. The middle layer of straps is sewn into loops that capture and hold two structural foam seating components, one each on the left and right. These cylinders are suspended alongside the sides of an existing motorcycle seat, the top of the cylinders roughly parallel to the top of the existing seat. When a load is applied by a seated rider the straps firm up under tension caused by the foam wanting to deform under compression. When not under load the structure articulates in place, deflecting out of the way from horizontal rider contact, returning when contact ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Allen Campfield
  • Patent number: 9751580
    Abstract: Seat for bicycle saddles and the like, including a first inner layer made from a rubber-type material, a second layer, made from a material of the natural or synthetic fabric type, placed over said first layer, and a fourth outer layer, made from a material of the natural fabric type. The first layer being cured together with said second layer and fourth layer so as to make a compact composite structure. It is also presented a method for the manufacturing of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: BROOKS ENGLAND LIMITED
    Inventor: Barbara Bigolin
  • Patent number: 9745010
    Abstract: A bicycle seat apparatus including at least one rail and a saddle shell. The at least one rail can include a first mounting portion. The first mounting portion can include an ankle. A cross section of a terminus of the ankle can be larger than a cross section of the at least one rail. The saddle shell can include at least one mounting cup configured to mate with the first mounting portion of the at least one rail. A cross section of a base of the at least one mounting cup can be larger than a cross section of the terminus of the ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Trek Bicycle Corporation
    Inventors: Jess Bailie, Jenn Campbell, Andrew Wilcox-Hull
  • Patent number: 9663167
    Abstract: The present document describes a seat and motorized stem fit device for fitting a cyclist on a bicycle, the bicycle having a seat post and a seat, the seat post being an original seat post provided by a seat post manufacturer. The motorized seat post fit device comprises a drive assembly and an adjustable seat assembly coupled to the drive assembly and providing an interface between the seat post and the seat, where the drive assembly controls the adjustable seat assembly to provide at least one of a vertical displacement and a horizontal displacement of the seat relative to the seat post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Mathieu Fagnan
  • Patent number: 9493204
    Abstract: An adjustable saddle for motorcycles including a padded upper portion which constitutes the seat for the rider and/or the passenger of the motorcycle, and a substantially rigid bottom portion suitable for resting and attaching the saddle to the chassis or to the frame of the motorcycle. The bottom portion of the saddle at least one aperture is made for access to a respective compartment made inside the padded upper portion and is destined to receive one or more inserts or devices suitable for varying the height of the seat and/or the level of comfort for the rider and/or the passenger of the motorcycle. The aperture is made at the seat of the rider and/or passenger and is provided with a removable cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Maurizio Baruzzo
  • Patent number: 9487116
    Abstract: A ventilated saddle for bicycles, motorcycles and/or other pedal driven machines, including, from bottom to top, a substantially rigid shell with a top surface shaped to support the user's body, a padding layer superimposed to the shell, a covering layer superimposed to the padding layer and designed to come into contact with the user's body. The shell has a first series of holes and the covering layer is made as a net or transpiring fabric. Connection members connect the shell to a bicycle, motorcycle and/or a pedal driven machine. The first series of holes is distributed over the entire surface of the shell, and the padding layer is a pad of elastically yielding material having a second series of holes at least partially aligned with the holes of the first series to increase the comfort of the user while seated and to promote the passage of air from the lower side of the shell to the covering layer and to the surface in contact with the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Giuseppe Bigolin
  • Patent number: 9486087
    Abstract: The nonslip seat pad described herein is designed of nonslip material and is intended to stop a seated subject, such as an infant or child, from slipping, sliding and slouching into an unsafe position. The nonslip seat pad may be used during the toddler's years while feeding and playing. The nonslip seat pad may have a bum (buttocks) shape for a custom designed fit. The nonslip seat pad is made from a material that is versatile and mobile for the consumer and user's convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Keith Corbett
  • Patent number: 9362521
    Abstract: An organic light emitting diode (OLED) display that includes: a display panel that displays an image; a cover window that is positioned at the outside of a display surface of the display panel; a buffer member that is positioned at a rear surface of the display panel; and a set frame that encloses a rear surface and a side surface of the display panel at a predetermined distance from the buffer member. A distance between the buffer member and the set frame increases as receding from a central portion of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeong-Ho Hwang
  • Patent number: 9132874
    Abstract: A support element (e.g., a seat, a saddle or a handgrip) for the human body including a layer made from soft and yieldable material and at least one surface insert with different characteristics in terms of appearance and/or comfort, in which said surface insert includes a visible surface to be in contact with the user, wherein said visible surface has a smaller size than said layer and wherein said surface insert includes at least one portion embedded in said layer. A process for making the support element is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SELLE ROYAL S.P.A.
    Inventors: Felix Okon Sam, Barbara Bigolin, Claudio Checchin
  • Patent number: 9039082
    Abstract: A bicycle saddle comprising: a supporting frame (2), set up for connecting the saddle to a seat post; a resting base (3), connected to the supporting frame (2) and intended for transmitting the weight of the cyclist to the supporting frame (2), which is provided with a front portion (31) and with a rear portion (32); a cover (4) that covers the resting base (3) and is intended for defining the surface of contact with the cyclist; a shock-absorbing anti-sliding insert (5), interposed between the resting base (3) and the cover (4), which protrudes at least partially from the cover (4) through an opening (41) made on the cover (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: VELO EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Salvatore Truglio
  • Publication number: 20150130234
    Abstract: A bicycle seat apparatus including at least one rail and a saddle shell. The at least one rail can include a first mounting portion. The first mounting portion can include an ankle. A cross section of a terminus of the ankle can be larger than a cross section of the at least one rail. The saddle shell can include at least one mounting cup configured to mate with the first mounting portion of the at least one rail. A cross section of a base of the at least one mounting cup can be larger than a cross section of the terminus of the ankle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Trek Bicycle Corp.
    Inventors: Jess Bailie, Jenn Campbell, Andrew Wilcox-Hull
  • Patent number: 9027992
    Abstract: A seat structure for a saddle-ride type vehicle, the seat structure including an outer frame portion in which a through-hole is formed at least at a seating position for the occupant to sit on; a seat skin that has elasticity is fixed to the outer frame portion while predetermined tensile force is applied thereto, and is disposed to cover a portion facing the through-hole; and a cushion member that is disposed between an upper surface of the outer frame portion and the seat skin, and bulges above an outer edge of the outer frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Kawatani, Mitsuo Nakagawa, Yukinori Kurakawa
  • Patent number: 9016780
    Abstract: A seat structure for a saddle-ride type vehicle for an occupant to sit on. The seat structure includes an outer frame portion, left and right frame portions, a seat skin, recessed portions, and a cushion member. The frame portion includes a through-hole formed at least at a seating position for the occupant to sit on. The left and right frame portions are disposed along left and right side surfaces of the vehicle. The seat skin has elasticity and is fixed to the outer frame portion while predetermined tensile force is applied thereto. The seat skin is disposed to cover a portion facing the through-hole. The recessed portions are formed on the left and right frame portions and are recessed toward an inner side in a vehicle width direction. A cushion member is disposed between the left and right frame portions and the seat skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Kawatani, Yukinori Kurakawa
  • Publication number: 20150102643
    Abstract: A bicycle saddle of the type comprising a shell, a padding and an overlying covering for the padding wherein the shell has at least one part thereof which is formed with a concavity directed upward in the configuration for use, so as to accommodate a corresponding portion of padding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: G.R. BIKE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Andrea Rizzato, Gildo Rizzato
  • Publication number: 20150097401
    Abstract: A split-nose touring bicycle seat for touring, comprising: a rigid plastic base provided with attachment points for mounting the seat to a bicycle frame; a total length of the seat of about 230-265 mm; a total width of about 270-310 mm; a split nose section formed by two elongated protrusions of substantially constant width extending forward from a medial section to a front surface; said elongated protrusions angle inwardly, a cushioned pubis bone support surface with a substantially flat side profile, and a drooped nose section forward thereof and substantially vertical outer sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Steven G. Toll
  • Patent number: 8998319
    Abstract: A seating device is provided. The seating device includes a seat, a post positioned below and attached to the seat, a base positioned below and attached to the post, an inflatable bladder positioned below and attached to the base, and a guard positioned below and attached to the base. The inflatable bladder comprises a portion of a sphere, the portion comprising less than 35 per cent of the sphere. The inflatable bladder covers over 35 per cent of an underside of the base, and the guard comprises a solid circular piece extending downward from the base with a bottom edge located above a bottom of the inflatable bladder when the inflatable bladder is fully inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sitight, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Bahneman, Tim Pratt, Filip Trojanek
  • Publication number: 20140368007
    Abstract: A fastening member is attached to a bicycle saddle having a base, a cushion, and a cover. The base has a lower base surface, and an outer lip. The fastening member is attached to the lower base and comprises arm members extending adjacent to the outer lip, a central portion separating the arm members, and a contoured housing member extending from the central portion. The arm members, central portion, and contoured housing member exist as a solid contiguous element. The contoured housing member comprises a receptacle for receiving support rails, and foundation surfaces for attachment of the fastening member to the base. The receptacle extends as a concave channel into the contoured housing member, separated from the foundation surfaces. The cover fits tautly over the base and cushion and is secured to the lower base surface. The cover extends between the fastening member and lower base surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: John E. Cobb
  • Patent number: 8845018
    Abstract: A split-nose bicycle seat, comprising; rigid plastic base provided with attachment points for mounting the seat to the bicycle frame, a total length of the seat of about 260-280 mm, a split nose section formed by two elongated protrusions of substantially constant width extending forward from a media! section to a front surface; said elongated protrusions angle inwardly and have a total width of at least 60 mm at a station 30 mm aft of the front surface, a cushioned pubis bone support surface with a substantially flat side profile, arid a drooped nose section forward thereof defining a droop angle ? of about 22-28°; said split nose section transitioning aft to a media! section having a width of about 130-138 mm at the widest point of the seat, and a width of at least 98 mm at a station 50 mm forward of the widest point of the seat; said medial section transitioning aft to a rear-end section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tampa Bay Recreation, LLC
    Inventor: Steven G. Toll
  • Patent number: 8801093
    Abstract: A bicycle seat has an arrow-shape sitting part with a recess has centered down the length of the sitting part top from the wide rear towards the tapered front. The sitting part consists of a framework, which forms the seat bottom; a core, which forms the seat center part and a seat cover which forms its top. Two feet protrude from the sitting part bottom in the longitudinal axis, one in its rear and other one in its front. Each foot forms a monolithic part together with the seat framework. The foot connects directly to the solid block with the hole perpendicular to the seat axis. A shock absorber is mounted on the solid block hole. A bolt passes through a hole in the shock absorber to fasten light-weight flat shaped strips on both its sides, the strips having a rectangular cross-section. Holes have been made in the strip ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: MORGAW Group s.r.o.
    Inventor: Martin Morav{hacek over (c)}ík
  • Publication number: 20140159445
    Abstract: A support for parts of the human body, for example a bicycle saddle, padded support elements, cushions, chairs, armchairs, armrests, supports for triathlon bike handlebars, the support including a support shell, a padding positioned on said shell and a coating which covers the padding. The padding includes at least one first gel portion in the vicinity of the coating and a second foam portion in the vicinity of the support shell, the first gel portion being in the form of a layer with a progression which reproduces substantially the form of the upper supporting surface of the support. In one version at least part of this support includes a polymer material derived from renewable and/or natural sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Selle Royal S.p.A.
    Inventors: Felix Sam, Barbara Bigolin
  • Patent number: 8746791
    Abstract: A shape-memory saddle structure, particularly for pedal driven vehicles, comprising a substantially rigid or semirigid support frame (2), means (4) for connecting said frame (2) to a vehicle, a yielding pad (7) secured to the upper face (S) of the frame (2), and a cover layer (5) laid over the yielding pad (3). The frame (2) has one or more portions (6, 6?, 6?) having a different deformability from that of the rest of the frame (2). The portions (6, 6?, 6?) include at least one membrane of fibrous material, which is susceptible to permanent deformation in response to a compression stress by a user, so as to take a deformed configuration. The membrane (7) is closely joined to at least one layer of elastomeric material (8), which is adapted to locally change the rigidity of the membrane (7) by elastically holding it at least partly in the deformed configuration, to customize the frame (2) to the specific user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Selle Royal S.p.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Segato
  • Publication number: 20140070576
    Abstract: A bicycle seat includes a deformation space that corresponds to a pressure deformation of a bicycle rider. Wherein, a plurality of filler particles is filled in the deformation space. Therefore, the plurality of filler particles in the deformation space is sliding and rolling under pressure, and the bicycle seat can average support the body of the rider and bring lower friction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: GIANT MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Ming WU, Che-Wei HSU
  • Publication number: 20140054937
    Abstract: A support element (e.g., a seat, a saddle or a handgrip) for the human body including a layer made from soft and yieldable material and at least one surface insert with different characteristics in terms of appearance and/or comfort, in which said surface insert includes a visible surface to be in contact with the user, wherein said visible surface has a smaller size than said layer and wherein said surface insert includes at least one portion embedded in said layer. A process for making the support element is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Selle Royal S.p.A.
    Inventors: Felix Okon Sam, Barbara Bigolin, Claudio Checclin
  • Publication number: 20140028064
    Abstract: A bicycle saddle comprising: a supporting frame (2), set up for connecting the saddle to a seat post; a resting base (3), connected to the supporting frame (2) and intended for transmitting the weight of the cyclist to the supporting frame (2), which is provided with a front portion (31) and with a rear portion (32); a cover (4) that covers the resting base (3) and is intended for defining the surface of contact with the cyclist; a shock-absorbing anti-sliding insert (5), interposed between the resting base (3) and the cover (4), which protrudes at least partially from the cover (4) through an opening (41) made on the cover (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: SALVATORE TRUGLIO
  • Patent number: 8512842
    Abstract: A human body support comprises a composite material base frame (2) having a top surface (11) and a bottom surface (10) and a cover element ?(3) formed from a first polymer material (3) associated to the base frame (2). The support further comprises at least one film of a second thermoplastic polymer material (8) which is fixedly attached to the base frame (2). The second thermoplastic material (8) has an affinity with the first polymer material (3) so that the cover element may be fixedly attached to the base frame, thereby forming an integral support. A polymethane gel (4) may be disposed in a recess of the base frame (2). The first polymer material (3) has a thickness of 0.1 to 0.3 mm, and the second material (8) has a thickness of 0.01 to 0.025 mm, both may be optically transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Selle Royal S.p.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Segato
  • Publication number: 20130134748
    Abstract: A bicycle seat has an arrow-shape sitting part with a recess has centered down the length of the sitting part top from the wide rear towards the tapered front. The sitting part consists of a framework, which forms the seat bottom; a core, which forms the seat center part and a seat cover which forms its top. Two feet protrude from the sitting part bottom in the longitudinal axis, one in its rear and other one in its front. Each foot forms a monolithic part together with the seat framework. The foot connects directly to the solid block with the hole perpendicular to the seat axis. A shock absorber is mounted on the solid block hole. A bolt passes through a hole in the shock absorber to fasten light-weight flat shaped strips on both its sides, the strips having a rectangular cross-section. Holes have been made in the strip ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: MORGAW Group s.r.o.
    Inventor: Martin Moravcik
  • Publication number: 20130099531
    Abstract: A seat support and a method for obtaining same includes a support body made from polymeric materials derived from castor oil, a padding positioned on said body, and a coating that covers the padding. The padding includes at least one layer of foam made at least in part from a component derived from renewable sources and/or of natural origin like palm oil, castor oil, soybean oil, colza oil, or in general a vegetable oil, and it can include a layer and/or insert made from gel obtained by adding in dispersion with a polyolic and or isocyanic component, possible particles of cork and possible compatibilizing agents to maintain the continuity of the polymeric characteristics with the coating and promote sticking. The coating includes a polymer formed from castor oil. The seat support according to the present invention is therefore environmentally-friendly, biodegradable, easy to recycle and/or dispose of.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: SELLE ROYAL S.p.A
    Inventors: Stefano Segato, Felix Sam
  • Publication number: 20120299341
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to cushioning medallions, methods of making and methods of using, particularly cushioning medallions comprising a relatively low durometer viscoelastic polymer gel, for use on a bicycle seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: G-FORM, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. WYNER, Thomas F. CAFARO, Richard B. FOX, Jeffrey H. BOWIE
  • Publication number: 20120292958
    Abstract: A motorcycle seat cushion comprising a base with an array of upstanding air cells across the base. In one aspect, the air cells are interconnected such that pressure is spread cross a wider area to reduce pressure points. There are external air flow pathways between the cells that allow air to circulate among the cells to disperse heat and moisture. There is a midline pathway that is positioned under the perineum and coccyx of the rider to provide pressure relief to the perineum, prostate and coccyx of the male rider. In one aspect, the cushion includes a cover having top and side walls of the cover constructed from a two-way stretch material. The cover has air vents that functionally align with at least some of the air flow pathways to promote the flow of ambient air into the air flow pathways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: ROHO, INC.
    Inventor: Anthony Eric Sprouse, II
  • Patent number: 8281889
    Abstract: A seat structure for a vehicle, such as a motorcycle, includes a seat arranged rearwardly of a fuel tank mounted on a vehicle body frame. The seat includes a cushion member, and a bottom plate for holding the cushion member. The cushion member is made of an elastic material. The bottom plate is fixed to the vehicle body frame and to the fuel tank. The cushion member includes a bulging portion which bulges forwardly from a front end portion of the bottom plate and onto an upper surface of a stepped portion of the fuel tank. The bulging portion is supported on the upper surface of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yusuke Inoue
  • Publication number: 20120242122
    Abstract: A seat structure for a saddle-ride type vehicle for an occupant to sit on. The seat structure includes an outer frame portion, left and right frame portions, a seat skin, recessed portions, and a cushion member. The frame portion includes a through-hole formed at least at a seating position for the occupant to sit on. The left and right frame portions are disposed along left and right side surfaces of the vehicle. The seat skin has elasticity and is fixed to the outer frame portion while predetermined tensile force is applied thereto. The seat skin is disposed to cover a portion facing the through-hole. The recessed portions are formed on the left and right frame portions and are recessed toward an inner side in a vehicle width direction. A cushion member is disposed between the left and right frame portions and the seat skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Kawatani, Yukinori Kurakawa
  • Publication number: 20120242118
    Abstract: A seat structure for a saddle-ride type vehicle, the seat structure including an outer frame portion in which a through-hole is formed at least at a seating position for the occupant to sit on; a seat skin that has elasticity is fixed to the outer frame portion while predetermined tensile force is applied thereto, and is disposed to cover a portion facing the through-hole; and a cushion member that is disposed between an upper surface of the outer frame portion and the seat skin, and bulges above an outer edge of the outer frame portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Kawatani, Mitsuo Nakagawa, Yukinori Kurakawa
  • Publication number: 20120098303
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to cushioning medallions, methods of making and methods of using, particularly cushioning medallions comprising a relatively low durometer viscoelastic polymer gel, for use on a bicycle seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: G-Form, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. Wyner, Thomas F. Cafaro, Richard B. Fox, Jeffrey H. Bowie
  • Patent number: 8091963
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to cushioning medallions, methods of making and methods of using, particularly cushioning medallions comprising a relatively low durometer viscoelastic polymer gel, for use on a bicycle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: G-Form, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. Wyner, Thomas F. Cafaro, Richard B. Fox, Jeffrey H. Bowie
  • Publication number: 20110298253
    Abstract: A split-nose bicycle seat, comprising; rigid plastic base provided with attachment points for mounting the seat to the bicycle frame, a total length of the seat of about 260-2S0 mm, a split nose section formed by two elongated protrusions of substantially constant width extending forward from a media! section to a front surface; said elongated protrusions angle inwardly and have a total width of at least 60 mm at a station 30 mm aft of the front surface, a cushioned pubis bone support surface with a substantially flat side profile, arid a drooped nose section forward thereof defining a droop angle ? of about 22-28°; said split nose section transitioning aft to a media! section having a width of about 130-138 mm at the widest point of the seat, and a width of at least 98 mm at a station 50 mm forward of the widest point of the seat; said medial section transitioning aft to a rear-end section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Steven G. Toll
  • 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: 20110233973
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to cushioning medallions, methods of making and methods of using, particularly cushioning medallions comprising a relatively low durometer viscoelastic polymer gel, for use on a bicycle seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: Polyworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Wyner, Thomas F. Cafaro, Richard B. Fox, Jeffrey H. Bowie
  • Patent number: 8002345
    Abstract: An ultra light multilayer saddle structure, particularly for pedal-driven vehicles, includes a support frame optionally covered with a resilient padding. The frame has a first skin and a second skin, between which a spacer core is interposed. The first and the second skin include at least one layer of a first material and one layer of a second material respectively, selected among those having a predetermined density and a relatively high compressive and shear strength. The core has at least one layer of a third material whose density is lower than that of the first and second materials. The core is adapted to keep the skins spaced-apart, to increase the stiffness and mechanical strength of the frame, while reducing the overall weight thereof. A process for making a frame for the saddle structure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Selle Royal SpA
    Inventor: Stefano Segato
  • Publication number: 20110193376
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an auxiliary support for a bicycle saddle wherein concave and convex parts of the auxiliary support provide support to the left and right and rear parts of a hip area to erect the pelvic bones so that the spinal column is made straight, and a vertical resistive force is generated to withstand the load on the hip joint, and to an auxiliary support for a bicycle saddle, wherein a light frame comprises a flat plate part that consists of a convex part and a curved part of a plane that is formed with a curved part of a curve form connecting both ends of said convex part; and a projection/protrusion part that is formed with said flat plate part into one body so that it may project vertically along said convex part, and a pair of said frames are located at both ends of the top rear part of the saddle symmetrically so that they may surround the edges of the hip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Hyun Hee Cha