Abstract: A bicycle wheel includes an annular rim having an annular base wall, a hub shell surrounded by the annular base wall and having two opposite ends that are disposed at two opposite sides of the annular rim, and a plurality of unitary V-shaped spokes equiangularly spaced apart and extending from the hub shell to the annular base wall. Each of the V-shaped spokes has a tip end that is connected to the annular base wall, and two arms that diverge from the tip end and that have distal ends which are respectively connected to the opposite ends of the hub shell.
Abstract: This invention is an ornamental design for wheel rims of cars and trucks. The design is in the shape of tire chains that are twisted and simulate wheel spokes. These twisted link lace rims are manufactured out of 4140 grade steel and conventional stainless steel. Additionally, the chain design could be chrome or gold plated for decorative value.
Abstract: A vehicle wheel has an annular rim, a hub, and a plurality of wire spokes coupling the rim and the hub. The rim has an axially extending web provided with tire locating beads. In some embodiments those ends of the spokes joined to the rim extend through the web whereas in other embodiments the rim is provided with a flange radially inward of the web to which the spokes are joined. The rim has circumferentially spaced scalloped or sculptured zones the surfaces of which are inclined relative to the axis of the rim, thereby enabling the spokes to be coupled to the rim at axially spaced points and distribute the forces acting between the spokes and the rim over a relatively greater area axially of the rim.
Abstract: A spoke plate is made from a lamination of an odd number of carbon fiber fabric layers having fibers extending in both horizontal and longitudinal directions and alternating with an even number of fiber layers having fibers extending only in the longitudinal direction.
December 28, 1982
Date of Patent:
March 4, 1986
Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
Abstract: A wheel capable of being used as the front or rear wheel of a chain-driven velocipede or as the front wheel of a pedal-driven tricycle has a wheel rim whose hub is formed with an axial passage and an array of receptacles extending inward from the opposite ends of the hub. A pair of identical metal plates are positioned at opposite ends of the hub, each plate having a set of tabs aligned with the receptacles at the associated end of the hub and an axial opening which is in register with the passage through the hub. The two plates are clamped together with the wheel hub between them so that they rotate in unison with the wheel hub. When mounted on an axle, the wheel can function as a non-driven velocipede wheel. Also, pedal crank sections can be inserted through the axial plate openings into the opposite ends of the hub passage and secured to the plates so that the wheel can be used as the front wheel of a tricycle.
Abstract: A wire spoke, non-suspension type, automotive wheel is provided in which spokes are operably untensioned prior to vehicle loads being placed upon the wheel. An outer tubeless tire rim with a drop center is mounted to a wheel center. The wheel center includes a substantially thick and solid felly connected to a concentrically positioned hub. Wire spokes extend radially outward from the hub in a patterned circumferential array and have tenons or feet on inner ends thereof which are anchored within recesses at front and rear ends of the hub. Radially disposed outer ends of the spokes have plain terminations which are welded to form a plug anchor within circumferentially spaced bores in the felly to secure the spokes. The bores are preferably situated in inwardly extending dimples which are formed in the felly. The bores are partially frusto-conically shaped and are formed by a method using a circular punch and corresponding die.
Abstract: A spoked wheel and method of making same including a peripheral rim, a central hub and a plurality of spokes interconnecting the hub and rim in which the hub is provided with spaced flanges interconnected by a tubular spindle and the spokes are in the form of wire members extending between the rim and the respective flanges. The wire spokes are of fixed, non-adjustable length and are tensioned simultaneously and equally by expanding the distance between the hub flanges with the spindle being inserted therebetween in order to maintain the flanges spaced apart. Airfoil blades may be mounted on the outer portion of certain of the spokes to enable utility of the wheel as a wind turbine, fan, propeller on a hovercraft or the like.