For Wheeled Vehicle (e.g., For Bicycle, Roller Skate, Etc.) Patents (Class 472/89)
  • Patent number: 8858347
    Abstract: A gradient-adjustable skate park system and methods for using the same are provided. In accordance with some embodiments, a skate park system comprises a plurality of structures, wherein each structure of the plurality of structures includes one or more features for allowing a skateboarder to perform at least one skateboarding trick, a plurality of raising mechanisms coupled beneath at least a portion of the plurality of structures, and a processor that is configured to control the plurality of raising mechanisms to decline the plurality of structures by a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: NTSL, LLC
    Inventor: Eli Morgan Gesner
  • Patent number: 8852008
    Abstract: A ramp system includes at least one ramp component. Each ramp component includes a front surface provided a user sliding thereon and a back surface opposite to the front surface and facing to the ground. The at least one ramp component each has a connecting portion including at least one connecting block and at least one connecting recess spaced by the connecting block. The at least one connecting block and the at least one connecting recess can be assembled with that of other ramp components at random to create a skating facility. These ramp components are easily assembled for use and disassembled for storage and transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Wang-Chuan Chen
  • Publication number: 20140221111
    Abstract: A remote control vehicle, a remote control for use in controlling the vehicle, and an arena in which the vehicle can be operated, via the remote control, to engage stunts and perform acrobatic maneuvers are provided. The remote control has a charging port for receiving and charging a battery configured for use with the remote control vehicle. And, the arena includes stunts and fences disposed along part of an outer portion of the arena. The remote control vehicle is operable, via the remote control, in the arena to engage the stunts and perform acrobatic maneuvers within the arena.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Objex Design
    Inventors: Dale Picolet, Chad Stuemke, Jake Salter, Corey Feit, Andy Wiseman
  • Patent number: 8784222
    Abstract: The present invention provides a race track configured to encourage passing. The race track includes a pavement that defines a turn, a first path around the turn, and a second path around the turn. The second path is longer than the first path, and the two paths are spaced-apart such that a first car can travel on the first path and a second car can travel on the second path in an overlapped position relative to the first car. At least a portion of the first path passing over a plurality of depressions defined in the pavement at predetermined positions. The depressions configured to reduce the amount of friction available to the first car such that the first car is slowed sufficiently for the second car to maintain the overlap position or pass the first car through the turn as the second car travels on the longer second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Gary Nelson & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8635728
    Abstract: A modular ramp system contemplates two molded plastic ramps placed back-to-back so that one would travel up one ramp and then down the other. The ramps are interconnected by a spine. The spine connectors are dovetail recesses and projections. The ramps have connections on their sides, so other ramps may be assembled to the two ramps to make a wider ramp. The ramp can have a plurality of ramp sections assembled together to create a ramp. A table is designed to be used with ramps and other components and includes openings facilitating installation of a grind rail or a support rail. The table surface includes a peripheral coping. A grind rail includes legs with arcuate bottoms to facilitate support of a grind rail regardless of angulation. Curved sections of grind rails allow lateral and vertical curvature of a grind rail configuration. Connectors are provided to interconnect adjacent grind rail sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Mapp
  • Patent number: 8425337
    Abstract: A skate park has a hard top shell formed with skate features drawn down from a top surface of the hardtop shell. The hard top shell has a thickness between 0.2 mm and 1 mm. The hard top shell has a hard top shell inside surface. The hard top shell is pervious to light. A sidewall is formed on a side of the hardtop shell. A paint layer is disposed on the hard top shell inside surface. The skate park may have at least one half pipe. A foil layer may be laminated to the underside of the hardtop shell. The skate park preferably includes at least one bowl recess, but may have two bowl recesses joined at a connecting ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Dean Ronald Thompson
  • Patent number: 8408911
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and a method for using the apparatus for safely training a motorcycle rider to perform a wheelie, either while moving or while stationary. The apparatus provides a safety system which prevents the motorcycle from tipping over backwards or sideways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Steven Gray
  • Publication number: 20120277012
    Abstract: A modular ramp system contemplates two molded plastic ramps placed back-to-back so that one would travel up one ramp and then down the other. The ramps are interconnected by a spine. The spine connectors are dovetail recesses and projections. The ramps have connections on their sides, so other ramps may be assembled to the two ramps to make a wider ramp. The ramp can have a plurality of ramp sections assembled together to create a ramp. A table is designed to be used with ramps and other components and includes openings facilitating installation of a grind rail or a support rail. The table surface includes a peripheral coping. A grind rail includes legs with arcuate bottoms to facilitate support of a grind rail regardless of angulation. Curved sections of grind rails allow lateral and vertical curvature of a grind rail configuration. Connectors are provided to interconnect adjacent grind rail sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Mapp
  • Patent number: 8251831
    Abstract: A ramp (1) for sporting activities, the ramp (1) including a plurality of ramp portions (10,15,20), at least one of the plurality of ramp portions (10, 15, 20) being moveable with respect to another one of the plurality of ramp portions (10, 15, 20) such that the ramp (1) forms an open ramp position or a closed ramp position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Brian Frehner
  • Patent number: 8241134
    Abstract: An extreme sports component having a support and at least a first member defining a maneuvering surface. The support and at least first member are operatively joined through at least one member on each of the support and at least first member that cooperate with each other so as to maintain the support and at least first member in a predetermined operative relationship. The support and at least first member are maintained in the predetermined operative relationship without requiring that any anchoring element be directed through the maneuvering surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Railyard, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Robert Flood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8196244
    Abstract: A modular ramp system contemplates two molded plastic ramps placed back-to-back with one another so that in a direction of travel, one would travel up one ramp and then immediately down the other. The ramps are interconnected by a spine including connectors interfacing with connectors provided on the facing surfaces of the ramps. In the preferred embodiment, the connectors consist of dovetail recesses and dovetail projections. The ramps also have connection structure on their lateral sides, so that other ramps may be assembled to the two back-to-back ramps to make a ramp that is incrementally wider. The ramp may consist of a plurality of ramp sections assembled together to create a ramp. A table is designed to be used with ramps and other components and includes openings to facilitate installation of a grind rail or a support rail. The table surface includes peripheral coping integrally formed with the table during manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Mapp
  • Publication number: 20120021844
    Abstract: A skate park has a hard top shell formed with skate features drawn down from a top surface of the hardtop shell. The hard top shell has a thickness between 0.2 mm and 1 mm. The hard top shell has a hard top shell inside surface. The hard top shell is pervious to light. A sidewall is formed on a side of the hardtop shell. A paint layer is disposed on the hard top shell inside surface. The skate park may have at least one half pipe. A foil layer may be laminated to the underside of the hardtop shell. The skate park preferably includes at least one bowl recess, but may have two bowl recesses joined at a connecting ridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Dean Ronald Thompson
  • Publication number: 20110218047
    Abstract: A bumper assembly including a backing, wherein the backing is substantially rigid, an outer layer, wherein the outer layer semi-flexible, resilient, and non-conductive, a cushion layer sandwiched between the backing and the outer layer, wherein the cushion layer is resiliently compressible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: TRON RACING, LLC
    Inventors: James J. Kessler, James L. Warner, III, Stephen J. Kessler
  • Publication number: 20100311510
    Abstract: A collapsible skate rail is provided that includes a first bar having a first support and a second bar having a second support. The second bar is connected to the first bar by a hinge, and the first and second bar form together a two-piece bar. The hinge enables the two-piece bar to assume at least two positions. The first and second bars form an angle with the hinge at an apex in a folded position, and the first and second bars are linearly aligned in a extended position. The collapsible skate rail further includes an internal sleeve adapted to occupy a first internal space of the first bar adjacent to the hinge and a second internal space of the second bar adjacent to the hinge when the two-piece bar is in the extended position. A method of using a collapsible skate rail is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Black Box, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Dickson, William Weatherford Baggins
  • Publication number: 20100255918
    Abstract: A ramp (1) for sporting activities, the ramp (1) including a plurality of ramp portions (10,15,20), at least one of the plurality of ramp portions (10, 15, 20) being moveable with respect to another one of the plurality of ramp portions (10, 15, 20) such that the ramp (1) forms an open ramp position or a closed ramp position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Frehner
  • Publication number: 20090298602
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described for providing an indoor track to permit consumers to evaluate a rollable product such as a stroller on different surfaces such a asphalt, cobblestone, brick, grass, and the like. The track may include multiple sections with different compositions that provide different effects on the rollable product so that comparisons might be made between different products when pushed across the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: David MUNZLINGER
  • Publication number: 20090286609
    Abstract: The present invention includes a skateboard arena simulating an urban landscape, comprising a course including a number of structures used for skateboarding tricks; and a mechanism for electronic real-time scoring of skateboarding tricks performed by a competitor during at least one run on the course. Each structure simulates a feature of an urban landscape. A method for a skateboard competition, comprises starting with a plurality of competitors in a qualifying round. Each competitor is electronically scored each in real-time based on tricks performed. The competitors for a final round are determined. The final round competitors are electronically scored in real-time based on tricks performed and a winner of the competition is declared.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: Robert DYRDEK
  • Patent number: 7614957
    Abstract: The invention relates to a harness safety system that can be used while riding, for example, a skateboard, a bike, rollerblades, etc. through on a flat base. Specifically, the invention comprises a flat base having a free-running cord and harness hanging therefrom that allows the rider to proceed on a flat base optionally comprising a start deck, obstacles, jumps or combinations thereof while retaining tension on the rider throughout the process. and arresting the rider's fall, thus preventing the rider from serious injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: Brett Lickle
  • Patent number: 7513832
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for creating a dynamic riding terrain for wheeled sports, having a translating cylinder assembly and a flexible riding surface. The assembly includes a cylinder supporting frame, a cylinder having an axis, which is rotationally supported by the cylinder supporting frame, and opposing transition frames extending from the cylinder supporting frame, generally in a direction orthogonal to the cylinder axis. The transition frames have a proximal end adjacent to the cylinder, a distal end adjacent to a support surface when the assembly is placed thereon, and a gliding surface affixed to an upper portion thereof. A dynamic riding terrain is created when the assembly is used in conjunction with a flexible riding surface placed over the assembly and moved, either by a self-contained motor or external forces. The transition frame can be modified to alter the gliding surface profile or the location of the proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: David Gallagher
  • Publication number: 20080268969
    Abstract: An improved skate rail having the dual-function of a flat surface and a round surface in one device. The skate rail allows the skateboard rider to easily choose either the flat surface or the round surface. A locking mechanism holds the skate rail securely in either position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Joseph E. Corne, Kevin E. Wright
  • Patent number: 7351155
    Abstract: The invention relates to a harness safety system that can be used while riding, for example, a skateboard, a bike, rollerblades, etc. through a half pipe. Specifically, the invention comprises a track spanning the half-pipe having a free-running cord and harness hanging therefrom that allows the rider to proceed through the flats and up the transitions of a half pipe while retaining tension on the rider throughout the process and arresting the rider's fall, thus preventing the rider from serious injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Brett Lickle
  • Publication number: 20070287547
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for creating a dynamic riding terrain for wheeled sports, having a translating cylinder assembly and a flexible riding surface. The assembly includes a cylinder supporting frame, a cylinder having an axis, which is rotationally mounted to the cylinder supporting frame by an axially aligned shaft, and opposing transition frames extending from the cylinder supporting frame, generally in a direction orthogonal to the cylinder axis. The transition frames have a proximal end adjacent to the cylinder, a distal end adjacent to a support surface when the assembly is placed thereon, and a gliding surface affixed to an upper portion thereof. A dynamic riding terrain is created when the assembly is used in conjunction with a flexible riding surface placed over the assembly and moved, either by a self-contained motor or external forces. The transition frame can be modified to alter the gliding surface profile or the location of the proximal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: David Gallagher
  • Patent number: 7261614
    Abstract: A stunt ramp for a wheeled toy vehicle to travel upon and provide from approximately 5 degrees to 180 degrees lift from the surface by the ramp structure. The ramp is made of two end pieces connected to each other by cross braces. The end pieces have grooves adapted to have a ramp sheet slid within the grooves. The end pieces are curved so that when the flexible ramp sheet is adjustably slid into the grooves the ramp sheet will curve as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominic Laurienzo, Brendon Vetuskey
  • Patent number: 7261613
    Abstract: A plaything for executing a reciprocating activity has a curved platform reciprocatably mounted on a base. The platform has a traveling surface with a longitudinally spaced, opposing pair of end ramps. A coaster can travel back and forth freely on the platform. The end ramps are inclined to cause reversion of the coaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Inventor: Everett Hull
  • Patent number: 7225492
    Abstract: A collapsible ramp (100) comprising a collapsible deck (102) and a collapsible support structure (104). The deck (102) is composed of plural transverse panels (106, 110, 112, 114, 116) selectively joinable by tongue and groove connections (120, 122) and permanently interconnected by filament connecting means or hinges which allow the deck (102) to be rolled or folded. The support structure (104) includes foldable longitudinal members (126) which are interconnected by collapsible brace arms (142) and have foldable legs (148, 150) provided with feet (160) including screw threaded ground engaging members (168, 186). Protrusions (124) on the panels engage recesses (146) in the longitudinal members (126). The lowermost panel (106) includes a tapered distal edge (108) for facilitating ramp entry and the upper panel (116) has a rounded upper distal edge (118) for safety reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Simon Pratt
  • Patent number: 7195562
    Abstract: A skate park system comprises interlocking pieces enabling quick assembly and disassembly. The disassembled pieces can lay flat, enabling storage in minimal space. Ramp, funbox and grindrail portions may be used separately or combined in varying manners to provide a variety of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Mark S Soderberg
  • Patent number: 7104895
    Abstract: A compact, hinged, foldably deployable ramp is provided in a base configuration which includes three evenly radiused sections which connect to a deck member and have a tube, known as a coping, separating the ramp from the deck. In the base configuration, a top section, mid section and lower section each have a pair of ladder structures which share a middle flange. The deck member includes a pair of angled leg members which are designed to provide support throughout the range of engagement of the ramp. Even size and radiusing of the sections enables continued extension of the ramp by adding sections in conjunction with longer support legs for the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Roger William Hickey
  • Patent number: 7048634
    Abstract: A skateboard rail which is composed of a plurality of members which are to be connected together in an end-to-end relationship. The members are capable of being pivoted relative to each other. The members are capable of being stacked vertically and also are connectable together side-by-side to form an expanded horizontal rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventors: Alexander H. Fernandez, Mario M. Sanchez-Laky
  • Patent number: 6966841
    Abstract: A unique playground play surface that is safe and suitable for use by physically challenged individuals and those that require the assistance of wheelchairs or other devices. The playground play surface consists of a base layer, a covering layer, a bag layer, a loose particles layer, and a top layer. The bag layer consists of a plurality of bags each filled with loose or shredded rubber. The bags are aligned side by side forming a single layer of rows and columns. A retaining border defines the playground play surface and contains the layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Elaine Sherman
  • Patent number: 6921339
    Abstract: The PRO-RAMP professional adjustable ramp system of this invention comprises a lower horizontal panel, hinged to a second angularly adjustable panel by a vertical plane. Two embodiments are disclosed. In the preferred embodiment the vertical member is adjusted by concentric tubular members and locking in position by a pair of pins through aligned holes. In the alternate embodiment the inside surfaces of the two panels are notched such that there is no possibility of slippage of the vertical pane and thus of accidental collapse of the plane. A variation of alternate embodiment employs a collapsible truss support instead of the vertical plane. The second horizontal plane may be sectionalized into plurality of planes such that a user can experience different gradients in a single ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventors: James Martin, Albert Edward Casini
  • Patent number: 6908396
    Abstract: A race track for remote control toy vehicles includes a plurality of interlocking race track segments of several different configurations. Each race track segment includes a removable side rail. The race track is arranged so that the perimeter of the race track is completely bordered by side rails. As such, the remote control toy vehicles are contained within the race track. Three race track surfaces are provided to simulate various racing conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: John M. Billig
  • Patent number: 6875116
    Abstract: A recreational ramp suitable for use with wheeled vehicles, including a support structure and a molded concrete layer mounted on the support structure. The layer includes a sloping region that extends from a ground level to an above-ground level. Also, a process for the fabrication of a molded concrete layer for such a recreational ramp. The process includes preparing a mold from complementary parts, closing the parts onto one another, thus defining an interior space representative of a concrete layer, pouring concrete mixture into the mold; allowing the concrete to settle and separating the complementary parts of the mold to expose the molded concrete layer. Embodiments of the invention offer the advantages of conventional concrete, i.e., a smooth, quiet and durable surface for riding, while the ramp as a whole remains lightweight and less bulky as compared with conventional concrete ramps. A particularly advantageous embodiment uses self-leveling concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Tessier Recreo-Parc Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Tessier
  • Publication number: 20040198507
    Abstract: A device for mastering skate board tricks and maneuvers comprises a frame. The frame has a top and the frame is adapted to rest on a support surface. A spring board is suspended from the frame by stretchable straps. A foot deck is rotationally secured to the spring board and is secured to the spring board to limit or eliminate relative vertical motion between the spring board and the foot board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Keith Corbalis
  • Patent number: 6782577
    Abstract: A knock-down quarter pipe for bikers, skateboarders and in-line skaters has a base, and a plurality of legs extending up from the base, the legs having lower ends lying in a common plane. A deck is supported by the legs at a selected elevation above the base, the deck having front and rear edges and a surface extending between those edges that is substantially parallel to the plane. A ramp extends from the front edge of the deck down to the plane, that ramp having a lower leading edge that is located in that plane and spaced in front of a base. Preferably, the base and at least the lower end portion of the ramp may be filed with a fluid medium to add weight to and lower the center of gravity of the quarter pipe. Preferably also, a rigid coping rail is located between the front edge of the deck and the ramp which can function as a grind rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Hedstrom Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick M. Rieber, Don McCloskey, Frank Bork
  • Patent number: 6719563
    Abstract: The invention relates to a driving simulator, particularly for simulating the movements of earthbound vehicles. To take into account the special features of the movements of earthbound vehicles, the proposed driving simulator has a carrier unit that has a rigid floor platform, on which a test vehicle can be mounted. The carrier unit also includes at least one projection surface and at least one projector, and at least three movement modules, each of which has a wheel that rolls on a floor surface. The wheel can be steered, relative to the axis extending perpendicular to the floor, via a first drive, and can be driven by a respectively associated second drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Edmund Donges
  • Patent number: 6695707
    Abstract: An amusement ramp structure usable in conjunction with a wheeled vehicle which takes the form of a ramp that has an arcuate outer surface. The lower edge of the ramp is adapted to be located directly against a supporting surface. Attached to an upper edge of the ramp is a deck with this deck being movable from a horizontal position to a vertical position so that the ramp structure can be placed in two different configurations of usage. The deck is mounted on a deck frame with this deck frame being separatable into two parts in order to collapse the ramp structure to occupy a minimum amount of space to facilitate storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventors: Alexander H. Fernandez, Mario M. Sanchez-Laky
  • Patent number: 6676529
    Abstract: Ramp system including one or more individual ramp components. Each ramp component includes a board defining an active ramp surface and a frame including a pair of substantially identical side panels, each having at least one board supporting edge including notches, and a support structure extending between and engaging with the notches in the side panels to support the board. The support structure provide supports for the board between the side panels and includes a cross-piece support extending between aligned pairs of notches in the board supporting edges of the side panels and a cross-piece extending between each aligned pair of notches in the board supporting edges of the side panels over a respective cross-piece support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: John Pernal
  • Patent number: 6672968
    Abstract: A modular skate park system comprising one or more platform portions, and one or more ramp members. The ramp members are connectable to the platform portions, and the platform portions can be connected to one another along their edges to accomplish an enlarged platform with one or more ramps providing access to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Compass Outdoor Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Montolio
  • Publication number: 20040002393
    Abstract: A recreational ramp suitable for use with wheeled vehicles, including a support structure and a molded concrete layer mounted on the support structure. The layer includes a sloping region that extends from a ground level to an above-ground level. Also, a process for the fabrication of a molded concrete layer for such a recreational ramp. The process includes preparing a mold from complementary parts, closing the parts onto one another, thus defining an interior space representative of a concrete layer, pouring concrete mixture into the mold; allowing the concrete to settle and separating the complementary parts of the mold to expose the molded concrete layer. Embodiments of the invention offer the advantages of conventional concrete, i.e., a smooth, quiet and durable surface for riding, while the ramp as a whole remains lightweight and less bulky as compared with conventional concrete ramps. A particularly advantageous embodiment uses self-leveling concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Richard Tessier
  • Patent number: 6623367
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fingerboard ramp having a base having at least one riding surface and a metal rail or a metal coping attached to the base to provide an additional riding surface for a fingerboarder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventors: Ross Labelson, Timothy J. Klima
  • Publication number: 20030176226
    Abstract: A launch ramp provides a conveniently portable and durable launch ramp. The launch ramp has a metal riding-plate with a concave radius-riding surface. The riding-plate has an approach end where a skateboarder enters the ramp and a launch end where the skater propels off the ramp. The riding-plate has integrally formed supports for providing sufficient support, but yet retains desirable flex in the riding surface. A stand-plate elevates the approach end at a predetermined height. The stand-plate also has integral stand-plate supports for added stability and durability. In a preferred example of the launch ramp, the launch ramp is constructed from a single sheet of aluminum-magnesium stock plate. A die press or other bending mechanism forms the single sheet into a particularly durable and stable structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Inventor: Harris Daniel Kelsey
  • Publication number: 20030125120
    Abstract: A modular skate park system comprising one or more platform portions, and one or more ramp members. The ramp members are connectable to the platform portions, and the platform portions can be connected to one another along their edges to accomplish an enlarged platform with one or more ramps providing access to the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Robert Montolio
  • Patent number: 6554748
    Abstract: Multi-functional practice and training apparatus for use by skateboarders, skaters, bicyclists and the like. According to a preferred embodiment, the system comprises the combination of a board with a fulcrum member that are operative to assume at least three practice modes, namely: 1) a ramp mode whereby the fulcrum is placed at one end of the board and creates an upward slope for use in riding or jumping over objects; 2) a seesaw mode whereby the board is pivotally mounted upon the fulcrum and provides a platform surface upon which the user can rock back and forth while standing or riding thereon; and 3) a rigid rail structure whereby the fulcrum defines a rail for use in “grinding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Bruce Tollner
  • Patent number: 6551192
    Abstract: Obstacle apparatus includes at least one ramp for launching a bicycle, skateboard or rollerblade rider into the air. The apparatus may also include a second similar ramp and a bridge for releasably connecting the elevated ends of the two ramps in-line so as to produce an in-line obstacle over which riders may roll. The apparatus may also include a grind rail which may be releasably attached to the elevated end of one or both of the ramps so that the ramp/rail assembly may be used by skateboarders and the like to perform various acrobatic feats. The apparatus components are rugged and reliable yet they can be made in quantity at minimum cost. Furthermore, because of their unique designs, they may be shipped and stored in a minimum amount of space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Hedstrom Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick M. Rieber, Frank Bork
  • Patent number: 6533671
    Abstract: An apparatus having a composite landing surface for sports equipment, such as bicycles, motorcycles, skateboards, in-line skates, skis and snowboards, is provided. The invention includes a base member or structure, a shock absorbing layer, and a rigid material on top of the shock absorbing layer. The shock absorbing layer absorbs impact forces generated when sports equipment lands on the landing surface. The rigid layer provides a stiff top surface that distributes loads and limits surface deflection during a landing. When an athlete performs an aerial maneuver using sports equipment and lands on the composite surface, the athlete experiences a cushioned landing but is able to roll or slide on the landing surface after the landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Woodward Camp Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Isabelle, Frank L. Bare
  • Patent number: 6508716
    Abstract: An elevated wooden racetrack includes a wooden racetrack surface having a plurality of floor boards laid flat to form at least one straightaway, and at least one banked curve, each floor board of the plurality having two lengthwise, substantially parallel, spaced apart sides. A racetrack support frame has a plurality of vertical support posts anchored on suitable land and a plurality of support members connected thereto for supporting the wooden racetrack surface above ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: John Arie
  • Publication number: 20020183124
    Abstract: An apparatus having a composite landing surface for sports equipment, such as bicycles, motorcycles, skateboards, in-line skates, skis and snowboards, is provided. The invention includes a base member or structure, a shock absorbing layer, and a rigid material on top of the shock absorbing layer. The shock absorbing layer absorbs impact forces generated when sports equipment lands on the landing surface. The rigid layer provides a stiff top surface that distributes loads and limits surface deflection during a landing. When an athlete performs an aerial maneuver using sports equipment and lands on the composite surface, the athlete experiences a cushioned landing but is able to roll or slide on the landing surface after the landing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Edward Isabelle, Frank L. Bare
  • Patent number: 6470631
    Abstract: The invention includes methods and apparatus for fabricating a skating ring. One such apparatus is a curved element for skating rings which includes a plurality of vertical sup5 ports which are adapted to any curve shape. The apparatus further includes a plurality of horizontally arranged ribs and abutting double-curved shell segments made of several plane-like wood layers which are glued to each other. By being fixed to the support elements and ribs, the shell segments form a skating surface to be ridden on by skaters or the like. The shell segments are pre-shaped as at least one of single- or double-curves such that they can be fixed essentially stress-free onto the support elements and ribs. One method of the present invention includes a method for manufacturing shell segments for curve elements for skating rings. The shell segments include a plurality of plane-like layers of wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Bowl Construction AG
    Inventor: Erwin Rechsteiner
  • Patent number: 6464593
    Abstract: The invention discloses an amusement park comprising an elevated wooden racetrack built in combination with another park activity. The combination comprises a wooden racetrack surface extending along at least one portion elevated above ground level, and a support frame comprising a plurality of vertical supports connected to support the elevated portion above ground level, and another park facility constructed at least partially below the elevated portion of the racetrack to thereby conserve space in the amusement park. The combination includes a go-kart as the motorized amusement vehicle. The park facility constructed below the racetrack is selected from an amusement ride, a building, and a parking lot, the amusement ride being particularly a boat ride having bumper boats. An amusement ride includes a second racetrack operated at least partially below an elevated portion of the first racetrack, and sharing a pit area therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: John Arie
  • Patent number: RE38326
    Abstract: A molded plastic ramp is made in a one-step molding process. The ramp includes reinforced side and rear walls and a smooth radiused ramp surface. The ramp includes laterally extending side and rear supports that engage a ground surface and the forward portion of the ramp surface extends forward of the forward extent of the side supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Mapp