For Riding (e.g., Cycling, Horse Riding, Etc.) Patents (Class 36/131)
  • Patent number: 10926833
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal system for connecting a shoe to a bicycle pedal includes a cleat plate, adopted for mounting onto a sole of the shoe, and a pedal body. The pedal body has a first surface, an opposing identically shaped second surface with multiple slots therein, and the cleat plates having attachment members of complementary shapes engaging selectively with the pedal and positioning the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Martin Feuerhahn
  • Patent number: 10912347
    Abstract: A footwear assembly having an upper that comprises a neoprene sock with a foot portion integrally connected to a leg portion. The foot portion has heel, vamp and under-foot portions. The leg portion has front shin, side wall, and rear calf-side portions. The upper has a unitary, outer, injection molded layer molded directly onto the foot and shin portions of the neoprene sock, while the sidewall and rear calf-side portions remain substantially uncovered by the injection molded layer. The injection molded layer encases the foot portion of the neoprene sock. The injection molded layer on the shin portion defines a shin guard portion having a necked down area integrally connected to the injection molded layer at the vamp portion, wherein the shin guard extends upwardly from the necked-down portion in an outwardly diverging shape away from the vamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LaCrosse Footwear, Inc.
    Inventors: John William Ludemann, Justin Behnke, Paul W. Brabson, Aaron Barker, Xiaojian Tong
  • Patent number: 10906606
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to a pedal for a bicycle that includes a body, a spindle secured to the body and for connection to the bicycle, a first magnetic platter, and a second magnetic platter overlaying the first magnetic platter. The first and second magnetic platters each include a plurality of blocks formed of a material that can be magnetized, and a plurality of permanent magnet plates arranged so as to magnetize the blocks with either a magnetic north or magnetic south polarity with adjacent blocks being magnetized with opposite magnetic polarities. The second magnetic platter is movable with respect to the first magnetic platter by a ferrous metal cleat between a first position where the pedal is in a magnetically inactive state and a second position where the pedal is in a magnetically active state magnetically securing the cleat to the second magnetic platter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: Smart Clips LLC, Magswitch Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Ball, Shane Felton
  • Patent number: 10813409
    Abstract: A vacuum formed knit sole system for an article of footwear incorporating a knitted component is described. The article of footwear includes a knitted component including a lower portion forming the knit sole system and an upper portion forming a portion of the upper of the article of footwear. A method of vacuum forming the knitted component using an insert member to form the knit sole system is also described. The insert member can be used to form the shape of the knit outsole, including the shape of cleat members, as well as remain within the interior of the upper to reinforce the knit sole system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Tory M. Cross
  • Patent number: 10800483
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cleat with an adjustable pad. The cleat includes a cleat body, an anti-slip buffer and a support base. The cleat body has three fixing holes and a central hole among the three fixing holes. A top side of the central hole is formed with a recess. The recess has a front portion and a rear portion. The central is located in the front portion. The anti-slip buffer is of a hat shape corresponding to the central hole and capable of selectively being placed in the central hole in different directions to form two protrudent heights. The support base is of a shape corresponding to the recess and capable of selectively being placed in the recess in different directions to adjustably support the anti-slip buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SCADA INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-Fu Chen
  • Patent number: 10759491
    Abstract: An improved cleat assembly configured to be releasably secured to a clipless bicycle pedal comprises a first plate, a second plate disposed over the first plate, and plurality of spacers disposed between the first and second plates, the spacer separating the first and second plates a predetermined distance. The second plate may define a pedal aperture having a circumferential periphery comprising a first portion and a side tie portion and the side tie portion may be offset from the first portion. The cleat assembly may further comprise a cap disposed over at least the second plate wherein the second plate may comprise a first of an engagement pair and the cap may comprise a second of the engagement pair. The first and second of the engagement pair may cooperate to couple the cap and the second plate to affix the cap onto the cleat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Wahoo Fitness L.L.C.
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Patent number: 10759490
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal includes a pedal body, a shaft, a bearing, a sleeve, a bushing, a nut and a lid. The pedal body has a shaft hole with a first opening, a second opening and a first stopping step. The shaft in the shaft hole has a middle section, a tail section with a thread and a second stopping step therebetween. The bearing is put around the tail section and blocked by the first stopping step. The sleeve is put around the tail section and abuts against the bearing. The bushing is selectively put around a first position or a second position of the tail section. The nut is screwed on the thread of the tail section for pushing both the adjusting bushing and the bearing toward the second stopping step. The lid is fastened in the second opening for pushing both the sleeve and the bearing toward the first stopping step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SCADA INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-Fu Chen
  • Patent number: 10689065
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal comprises a pedal body, a first engagement member, and a biasing member. The first engagement member is movably coupled to the pedal body between a clamping position and a releasing position. The first engagement member is pivotable about a pivot axis in a pivot direction and slidable in a slide direction between the clamping position and the releasing position. The slide direction is different from the pivot direction. The biasing member biases the first engagement member toward the clamping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Akira Inoue
  • Patent number: 10625816
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cleat for being releasably secured to a clipless pedal. The cleat includes a base plate, a front engagement member, a rear engagement member and an anti-slip pad. The base plate is used for being fastened to a sole of a shoe and has a front tip, a rear end and a middle area between the front tip and the rear end. The front engagement member is mounted on a top side of the front tip. The rear engagement member is mounted on a top side of the rear end. The anti-slip pad is mounted on a bottom side of the middle area. Both the front engagement member and the rear engagement member are higher than the base plate in hardness and the base plate is higher than the anti-slip pad in hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Chin-Long Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10595586
    Abstract: A mountain bike shoe sole, including an outsole having a lower surface and a tread, and at least a recess, provided in the lower surface, for housing a cleat assembly. The shoe sole further includes at least a removable shim, housed in said recess, suitable to be interposed between the lower surface of the outsole and the cleat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: CRANK BROTHERS, INC.
    Inventors: Carl Winefordner, Frank Hermansen
  • Patent number: 10583891
    Abstract: A clipless pedal system is provided. In various embodiments, systems of the present disclosure comprise pedals and cleats for interaction with the pedals. At least one of a pedal and an associated cleat comprises a magnet, and at least one of the pedal and the associated cleat comprises a ferrous metal for interaction with the magnet. Geometric features are provided to enable both a secure connection between a cleat and a pedal and to enable a user-friendly release of the cleat from the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin Reed Jentzsch
  • Patent number: 10577047
    Abstract: A magnetic mountain bike pedal assembly provides for at least one pedal having a center member, the center member having at least one magnet in its center portion, a plate adapted to be removedly attached to a shoe wherein the plate contains at least one magnet, wherein when the plate and the center member are aligned a disconnectable magnetic connection is formed. In some embodiments, either the first magnetic element or the second magnetic element, or both may be Neodymium, and in some embodiments they may be axially-magnetized Neodymium. In some embodiments the present invention may also provide a shoe attached to the plate, the shoe having at least one ferrous metal cleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Craig Payne
  • Patent number: 10531709
    Abstract: A motorcycle riding footwear sole comprising a projection suitable for engaging the underside of a motorcycle foot peg so as to prevent vertical movement of the sole relative to the foot peg, and characterized by further comprising a recess for receiving a brake or gear lever of a motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Jason McInulty
  • Patent number: 10464630
    Abstract: An automatic bicycle pedal, including a pedal body rotationally connected to a spindle suitable to be coupled to a pedal crank, said pedal body having a front-rear direction (A) and including a front portion and a rear portion which are engageable by a cleat, said cleat being connectable to the sole of a rider's shoe and including a front hook and a rear hook; the front portion includes flexible engagement means for said front hook of said cleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SELLE ROYAL S.P.A.
    Inventors: Carl Winefordner, Frank Hermansen, Mark Rane
  • Patent number: 10464631
    Abstract: An automatic bicycle pedal, including a pedal body rotationally connected to a spindle suitable to be coupled to a pedal crank, said pedal body having a front-rear direction (A) and including a front portion and a rear portion which are engageable by a cleat, said cleat being connectable to the sole of a rider's shoe and including a front hook and a rear hook; the front portion includes flexible engagement means for said front hook of said cleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SELLE ROYAL S.P.A.
    Inventors: Carl Winefordner, Frank Hermansen, Mark Rane
  • Patent number: 10342285
    Abstract: A bicycle shoe includes a sole. The sole includes a recess, which is recessed from a bottom surface of the sole. The recess is defined by a bottom portion and lateral surfaces. The bottom portion has a lateral dimension, which is greater than or equal to 20 millimeters and less than or equal to 45 millimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Aoki, Junichi Kikuta
  • Patent number: 10279862
    Abstract: An improved cleat assembly configured to be releasably secured to a clipless bicycle pedal comprises a first plate, a second plate disposed over the first plate, and plurality of spacers disposed between the first and second plates, the spacer separating the first and second plates a predetermined distance. The second plate may define a pedal aperture having a circumferential periphery comprising a first portion and a side tie portion and the side tie portion may be offset from the first portion. The cleat assembly may further comprise a cap disposed over at least the second plate wherein the second plate may comprise a first of an engagement pair and the cap may comprise a second of the engagement pair. The first and second of the engagement pair may cooperate to couple the cap and the second plate to affix the cap onto the cleat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Speedplay, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Patent number: 10207769
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal, including: a pedal axle; a fixed portion, rotatably connected to the pedal axle, including a pedal body and a first cleat securing member fixedly attached to the pedal body, the first cleat securing member including a first securing opening; a second cleat securing member, rotatably connected to the fixed portion, including a second securing opening opposite to the first securing opening, the first and second securing openings configured for securing a cleat of a shoe; a biasing mechanism, including an adjustment mechanism movably attached to the fixed portion and an elastic member located between the second cleat securing member and the adjustment mechanism, the elastic member biasing the second cleat securing member in such a manner that the second cleat securing member tends to swing toward the first cleat securing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Chung-I Chen
  • Patent number: 10206451
    Abstract: A clipless cycling shoe having an upper and a base plate. The base plate has a medial portion, a lateral portion and a medial sidewall. The medial portion has a rigid support structure having a top portion and a bottom portion, a cavity is formed between the top portion and bottom portion, wherein the cavity is filled with a core material. The lateral portion has a lateral plate. The medial sidewall wrap is adjacent the medial portion and extends outward and upward relative to the base plate and the medial sidewall wrap extends a portion of the length of the base plate. The medial portion is desirably thicker than the lateral portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Carl Darius Bird, Robert A. L. Cook
  • Patent number: 10188171
    Abstract: A cleat and base assembly for permitting blind alignment and engagement to one another. The cleat is disposed on an underside of a shoe sole and includes a forward cleat engagement edge and a rearward cleat engagement edge displaced at a distance along a longitudinal axis of the shoe sole. The base assembly can be provided on a bicycle pedal and includes a forward base engagement edge and a rearward base engagement edge configured to releasably retain or couple the forward and rearward cleat engagement edges, respectively. A pair of guides are disposed at angles relative to the longitudinal axis of the shoe sole, the pair of guides converging at opposing sides of one of the forward or rearward clear engagement edges to permit blind alignment and engagement of the cleat to the base assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Speedplay, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Patent number: 10173748
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal is provided that includes a pedal axle, a pedal body, a first clamping member, a second clamping member, and a biasing structure. The pedal axle defines a rotational axis. The pedal body is rotatably supported on the pedal axle. The first clamping member is movably coupled to the pedal body between a first clamping position and a first open position. The second clamping member provided is on the pedal body. The second clamping member is configured to clamp a cleat between the first clamping member and the second clamping member in a clamping state where the first clamping member is in the first clamping position. The biasing structure includes at least one magnet to bias the first clamping member toward the first clamping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Chun Sing Tan
  • Patent number: 10093386
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal, including a pedal body rotationally connected to a spindle assembly suitable to be coupled to a pedal crank, the pedal body having a central portion including a cylindrical seat in which the spindle assembly is inserted and rotatably supported. The pedal includes a plurality of spacers, inserted along the spindle assembly and/or inside the cylindrical seat, suitable to be relocated in order to modify the Q-factor of the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SELLE ROYAL S.P.A.
    Inventors: Carl Winefordner, Frank Hermansen, Mark Rane
  • Patent number: 10086581
    Abstract: Surfaces of a carbon-fiber composite material is constructed by a carbon fiber prepregs by arranging a porous prepreg between the carbon fiber prepregs, at least one of a concave portion and a convex portion is formed on at least one surface of the carbon composite material, and, as compared to a normal portion without the concave portion and the convex portion, a thickness of the porous prepreg at the concave portion is reduced and a thickness of the porous prepreg at the convex portion is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: INOAC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Oyabu
  • Patent number: 10034513
    Abstract: Footwear (1) having a vamp (2), an insole, a midsole (3) and an outsole (4). A plurality of spaced apart magnets (5) located adjacent the outsole (4) so that in use the magnets (5) provide a gripping force between the footwear (1) and a metallic surface upon which the footwear (1) is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Ben Aaron Donaldson
  • Patent number: 9950765
    Abstract: An orthotic pedal apparatus for a bicycle has a pedal post having a central first axis and a male threaded portion for engaging female threads in a crank arm of a bicycle crank assembly, a pedal body having a linear bore arrangement with bearings mounting the body rotationally on the pedal post, and a mechanism for adjusting and securing position of the body at different positions along the direction of the axis of the pedal post, and a foot platform mounted rotationally above the pedal body to rotate on a second axis at a right angle to the axis of the pedal post, the foot platform supported on spring elements between the pedal body and the foot platform on both sides of the second rotational axis, the spring elements tending to return the foot platform to a position parallel to the pedal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Edward Goulet
  • Patent number: 9826794
    Abstract: The present invention is embodied in a mounting standard for mounting a cleat assembly to a shoe sole having a curved underside portion and a plurality of mounting holes. The mounting standard is configured so that the cleat assembly can be moved forward or rearward with respect to the curved underside portion of the shoe sole without significantly affecting the distance between the cleat assembly and a user's foot. The present invention is also embodied in a shoe configured to receive a user's foot, the shoe comprising a shoe sole and a mounting standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Speedplay, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Patent number: 9795184
    Abstract: A shoe positioning plate has a shoe facing side surface, a sole surface and a shoe positioning member. The sole surface is configured to be a part of a shoe sole when the shoe facing side surface is attached the shoe sole. The shoe positioning member includes at least one abutment disposed on an opposite side of the shoe positioning plate from the shoe facing side surface and extending in an elongated direction of a shoe when the shoe positioning plate is attached the shoe sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yutaka Ueda, Junichi Kikuta, Toshiaki Aoki
  • Patent number: 9763491
    Abstract: The present invention is embodied in a mounting standard for mounting a cleat assembly to a shoe sole having a curved underside portion and a plurality of mounting holes. The mounting standard is configured so that the cleat assembly can be moved forward or rearward with respect to the curved underside portion of the shoe sole without significantly affecting the distance between the cleat assembly and a user's foot. The present invention is also embodied in a shoe configured to receive a user's foot, the shoe comprising a shoe sole and a mounting standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Speedplay, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Patent number: 9609905
    Abstract: A supplemental sole is adapted to be secured to a sole of a shoe for releasable coupling to a cylindrical pedal of a bicycle. An operational assembly formed in the supplemental sole includes a housing with a forwardly facing chamber. A sleeve is within the forwardly facing chamber. A primary lever pivotally coupled to the housing has a forward region movable between a lowered release orientation beneath the chamber and a raised locked orientation securing the sleeve within the forwardly facing chamber. A trigger is axially reciprocable within the housing. The trigger has a forward end located in the chamber when in the release orientation. The forward end is located rearwardly of the chamber when slid rearwardly by the pedal for raising the primary lever to the locked orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Frank M. Leko, Mike C. Lohmeyer
  • Patent number: 9527549
    Abstract: A cleat-pedal attachment system includes a cleat, comprising first and second surfaces, and a pedal. The pedal comprises a spindle, configured to reversibly attach to a crank arm of a bicycle, and a pedal frame. The pedal frame comprises a third surface positioned near the side of the pedal frame furthest from the crank arm, and a fourth surface, substantially perpendicular to the spindle axis, positioned near the side of the pedal frame closest to the crank arm. The first and third surfaces are shaped and oriented so that if the first surface is placed in direct contact with the third surface, a vertical force applied to the cleat in an upwards direction away from the pedal frame causes the second surface of the cleat to exert a horizontal force against the fourth surface of the pedal frame, maintaining the relative positions of the cleat and the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Allan M Pepito
  • Patent number: 9493209
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal is detachable and engageable with a cleat that can be attached to shoes. The bicycle pedal basically includes a pedal shaft having a rotational center axis, a pedal main body and a clamp part. The pedal main body includes a first surface and a second surface. The second surface is on the opposite side of the first surface. The pedal main body is rotatably supported by the pedal shaft around the rotational center axis. The clamp part has at least three cleat clamping portions that detachably retain the cleat on at least the first surface of the pedal main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Sakaue
  • Patent number: 9290234
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal includes a pedal axle, a rotatable main pedal body, a first cleat securing member pivotally coupled about a first pivot axis between first and second positions, a sub member pivotally coupled to move about a second pivot axis, and at least a first biasing member disposed on the second pivot axis. The second pivot axis is farther from the pedal axle than the first pivot axis. The first biasing member is operatively disposed between the main pedal body and the first cleat securing member to bias the first cleat securing member toward the first position. The first cleat securing member and the sub member rotate together about the second pivot axis until the sub member abuts against the main pedal body, and the first cleat securing member subsequently rotates toward the second position about the first pivot axis independently from the sub member during a step-in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Inoue
  • Patent number: 9055779
    Abstract: A bicycle shoe includes a sole, a shoe upper portion, and a fixing strap. The shoe upper portion is coupled to the sole to form a foot receiving space. The shoe upper portion includes first and second attachment sections. The fixing strap has a proximal end attached to a part of the shoe upper portion. The fixing strap includes third and fourth attachment sections. The shoe upper portion and the fixing strap selectively maintain one of a first state in which the third attachment section of the fixing strap is releasably attached to the first attachment section of the shoe upper portion and a second state in which the fourth attachment section of the fixing strap is releasably attached to the second attachment section of the shoe upper portion. The foot receiving space is larger in the second state than in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kaoru Oouchi
  • Patent number: 9027261
    Abstract: A motorcycle boot comprises a sole or tread (22), a rigid shell (20) and an upper (52) associated with the rigid shell; the upper has furthermore a base insole (54) formed by a plurality of tubular channels (56) which extend over most of the bottom surface of the sole (54) and allow the air to pass at right angles to their axis; the shell has at the front an air intake communicating with the front end of the tubular channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Alpinestars Research SRL
    Inventor: Giovanni Mazzarolo
  • Patent number: 9021723
    Abstract: A waterproof breathable boot is disclosed. The boot includes an outsole, a three-piece bootie, a toe cap, a heel cap, a center front panel, an instep panel and a rear panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Greg Meyer, Christian Curtis, Eric Larsgaard
  • Patent number: 8984772
    Abstract: A footwear for protecting the foot against an impact with an external body, comprising a protective component (20) adapted to deforming under pressure from the foot and/or the external body in case of impact. The protection component is made in a way to react under said pressure with a permanent and irreversible structural alteration, thus absorbing and simultaneously dispersing the received energy during the impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Alpinestars Research SRL
    Inventor: Giovanni Mazzarolo
  • Publication number: 20140325878
    Abstract: The device is a semicircular attachment to the heel of footwear by way of screws. It has a vertical arm attached to a horizontal arm ending in an end cap. It is also a method used to shift motorcycles without a person's foot leaving the peg or floorboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Austin
  • Patent number: 8826570
    Abstract: The invention provides bicycling shoes and bicycling shoe components that offer improved comfort, fit, increased efficiency and reduced incidence of injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: DashAmerica, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony Torrance
  • Publication number: 20140215856
    Abstract: Protective footwear, such as a motorcycle or motocross boot, can have a supple, leather boot feel. Disclosed footwear can have a hinged coupling between a foot-engagement structure and a lower-leg engagement structure to promote anatomically correct flexion in a wearer's ankle. The lower-leg engagement portion can define a ledge having a lowermost face configured to abut and matingly urge against an uppermost face of a ledge of the foot-engagement portion to limit an extent of pivoting of the hinged coupling. The hinged coupling, in some instances, can include a pair of opposed bushings, each defining an internal thread configured to matingly engage a corresponding outer thread on a stud. The stud can retain the lower-leg engagement portion and the foot-engagement portion in a pivotable relationship to each other. The opposed bushings can be keyed to matingly engage either a lateral portion of the foot-engagement portion or a medial portion of the foot-engagement portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Fox Head, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Sanderson, Hsian Lee, Jon Munns, Robert Cropp
  • Patent number: 8794106
    Abstract: A restraint is configured to restrain a rider's footwear to a motorcycle footpeg along at least a nearly vertical first axis. The footpeg extends away from the motorcycle along a second axis. The restraint is based upon a combination of a hook and a clasp. The restraint can be engaged by linearly moving the footwear alternatively along either of two axes including the first axis, and a third axis that is mutually perpendicular to the first and second axes. The restraint may also be disengaged by linearly moving the footwear along the third axis. The third axis generally passes from the heel to toe of the footwear. Moving the footwear in a backward direction (toe to heel direction) engages the restraint; moving the footwear in a forward direction (heel to toe direction) disengages the restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Evolution Racing Products, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Zoumaras, John Emerson, Ryan Ragland
  • Patent number: 8763279
    Abstract: The invention provides bicycling shoes and bicycling shoe components that offer improved comfort, fit, increased efficiency and reduced incidence of injury. The invention includes an athletic shoe having a sole, an upper attached to the sole to form a toe box, a vamp, a quarter, a throat and an interior cavity, a tongue attached to the upper proximate the toe box, and a closure system adapted to close and secure the tongue on a foot of a user. The closure system comprises at least two straps and two loops that are secured by drawing one end of a strap across the top of the upper, through a loop, and back over the upper, to connect with an opposing end of the strap, and, at least two straps are positioned on the upper to intersect a toe-to-heel line at a strap angle between about 95 degrees and about 120 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: DashAmerica, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony Torrance
  • Patent number: 8745900
    Abstract: A new aerodynamic cover for a bicycle shoe and clipless bicycle pedal for improving speed when cycling. The aerodynamic cover has a main body including an ankle portion having a rear side, a heel portion connected to the ankle portion, and a sole portion connected to the heel portion and having an underside. An opening is formed in the sole portion for allowing a bicycle pedal to be engaged to the bicycle cleat. An outwardly extending fin stretches from the rear side of the ankle portion, around the heel portion, to the underside of the sole portion. The aerodynamic cover may further have a pedal layer, a cleat layer, and a base plate layer. A gap is defined between the pedal layer and the cleat layer. The gap inhibits excessive friction between the pedal layer and the cleat layer as the cleat is pivoted with respect to the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Speedplay, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Publication number: 20140150301
    Abstract: A wear protective motorcycle boot according to the present invention for use when operating a motorcycle shift lever includes a sole having a front end, a rear end, and side edges extending between the sole front and rear ends. A toe portion extends upwardly from the sole front end. A top surface of the boot is situated rearwardly from the toe portion and upwardly from the side edges of the sole. An ankle portion extends upwardly from the top surface. A protection member is situated on the top surface of the boot between the toe portion and the ankle portion, the protection member including a textured surface configured to resist wear when bearing against the motorcycle shift lever. In some embodiments, the protection member may be removable and selectively attached to front portion of a boot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Jennings
  • Publication number: 20140101975
    Abstract: A bicycle shoe support includes a rigid support frame and a flexible support member. The rigid support frame has a cleat attachment section, a heel section and a pair of side sections. The heel section is arranged with respect to the cleat attachment section. The side sections longitudinally extend between the cleat attachment section and the heel section to define a foot receiving space therebetween. The flexible support member extends beneath the foot receiving space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Yutaka UEDA
  • Publication number: 20140076101
    Abstract: A novel bike shoe (and related methods of use and fabrication) and bike shoe/pedal system that allows the rider to either slide their foot in and out of the shoe while it remains attached to the pedal or mount/dismount from the pedal while wearing the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen C. McNeil
  • Publication number: 20140041259
    Abstract: A bicycle shoe includes a sole, a shoe upper portion, and a fixing strap. The shoe upper portion is coupled to the sole to form a foot receiving space. The shoe upper portion includes first and second attachment sections. The fixing strap has a proximal end attached to a part of the shoe upper portion. The fixing strap includes third and fourth attachment sections. The shoe upper portion and the fixing strap selectively maintain one of a first state in which the third attachment section of the fixing strap is releasably attached to the first attachment section of the shoe upper portion and a second state in which the fourth attachment section of the fixing strap is releasably attached to the second attachment section of the shoe upper portion. The foot receiving space is larger in the second state than in the first state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kaoru OOUCHI
  • Publication number: 20140007464
    Abstract: Sporting footwear can include a buckle system to secure the footwear to the user's foot. The footwear may also include additional other types of fastening systems. The buckle system can include a base plate attached to the shoe and a buckle housing attached to the base plate. The buckle housing and base plate can be assembled without tools, such as having a snap fit interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Carl Darius Bird, Robert A.L. Cook
  • Publication number: 20140007463
    Abstract: A clipless cycling shoe having an upper and a base plate. The base plate has a medial portion, a lateral portion and a medial sidewall. The medial portion has a rigid support structure having a top portion and a bottom portion, a cavity is formed between the top portion and bottom portion, wherein the cavity is filled with a core material. The lateral portion has a lateral plate. The medial sidewall wrap is adjacent the medial portion and extends outward and upward relative to the base plate and the medial sidewall wrap extends a portion of the length of the base plate. The medial portion is desirably thicker than the lateral portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Carl Darius Bird, Robert A.L. Cook
  • Publication number: 20130340292
    Abstract: A cycling shoe can include a hook, or other device on the shoe which can be used together with another device, such as with a rubber band, to position the shoes on a bicycle in a desired position. The shoes can be clipped into pedals on the bicycle, and the hook and rubber band can be used to position the shoes and crank arms of the bicycle in the position desired by the user. The hook can be on the arch side of the shoe. The hook can be separate from the tightening system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert A.L. Cook, Carl Darius Bird
  • Publication number: 20130312569
    Abstract: The pedal assembly includes a pedal and a cleat. The pedal has a spindle portion, a front portion with a front engagement member, a rear portion and a rear engagement member movably coupled to the rear portion. The cleat has a front engagement end and a rear engagement end. A front edge of the spindle portion is formed with a V-shaped positioning side. A U-shaped pad is attached under the front engagement end. Two legs of the pad are protrudent from the bottom of the cleat, and ends of the legs are separately formed with two abutment surfaces. The abutment surfaces abut against the positioning side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Chin-Long Hsieh, Tsung-Tse Huang