For Cycles Patents (Class 70/233)
  • Patent number: 10233676
    Abstract: A connection lock includes an adapting assembly including an outer sleeve and an adapting member, a first connecting member including a first outer tube and a first cable, a lock structure connected to the first cable, second connecting members each including a second outer tube and a second cable, and engaging structures for anti-thefting of a 3C product. The first outer tube is connected with the outer sleeve, and the first cable is connected to the adapting member. The lock structure is movable to a locked position or an unlocked position. Each second outer tube is connected with the outer sleeve, and each second cable is connected to the adapting member. Each engaging structure is connected to one said second cable and movable between an engaged position and a released position so that each engaging structure, the adapting member and the lock structure are comovable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LINTEX CO., LTD
    Inventor: Chia-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 9636947
    Abstract: A bicycle axle assembly has a nut, a main body member and an adjustment structure. The nut includes a bore having an internal thread. The main body member includes a nut bore. The nut is disposed in the nut bore. The adjustment structure adjustably couples the nut to move axially with respect to the main body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano (Singapore) PTE. LTD
    Inventor: Puat Thiam Lim
  • Patent number: 9500008
    Abstract: A combination lock and pump for use with a bicycle. The combination lock and pump has a flexible cable including an inflation tube running parallel with a metal rope or chain. The flexible cable has a male end preferably including a lock bolt or shackle and a piston-cylinder pump. The flexible cable also has a female end preferably including a lock cylinder with a key hole and one or more apertures to receive either a bicycle tire's valve stem or the male end's lock bolt or shackle. When used as a lock, the combination secures the bicycle from theft by looping the flexible cable around the bicycle and locking together its male and female ends. When used as a pump, the combination's female end attaches to the bicycle tire's valve stem and inflates the tire by actuating the pump of the male end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph Edell
  • Patent number: 9474391
    Abstract: A display stand for a portable article with a base having a bottom bearing portion and a support for a portable article. A retracting mechanism has a spool around which a flexible tether is wrapped. The spool has an axis around which the spool is turned as the tether is: a) paid out to allow a portable article to which the first end of the tether is connected to be moved away from the base; and b) retracted to shorten a paid out length of the tether. The retracting mechanism has a biasing assembly that urges the spool to turn around the spool axis so as to retract the tether. The tether is guided to be paid out from the spool generally in a straight path in a line, with the line of the straight path transverse to the spool axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Se-Kure Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger J. Leyden, Michael E. Pawelek
  • Patent number: 9376841
    Abstract: A lock comprising a shackle and a shackle-receiving portion. The shackle can comprise a resilient flexible portion, which, absent any external deformation forces, can retain an overall substantially U-shaped form. The shackle-receiving portion can comprise a locking mechanism operable to secure the shackle to the shackle-receiving portion. The substantially U-shaped form can comprise substantially straight and parallel legs. The flexible portion can further comprise a heat-treated coil spring that maintains the overall substantially U-shaped form, and the shackle can further comprise a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Andy Yu Sang Chan
  • Patent number: 9102376
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bicycle quick release lock, which is consisted of a body, a fit seat, a lock cylinder module, a push button, a clamping block, an external lock block, a locating seat, a slide plate and an outer hook piece. By the composition of above structure, a part of a quick release handle connected to a seat tube and a middle tube of a bicycle seat may be locked, and a linked locking mechanism of an external lock latch may be provided simultaneously, to thereby achieve the purpose of preventing theft from bicycle seat, front and rear wheel or other objects within a bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: VULCAN SPORTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chin Shu Chang
  • Publication number: 20150075234
    Abstract: A deadbolt lock is utilized to lock a turned wheel in place at an angle from its ordinary orientation. Perforations in the holy smoke tube match perforation in the head tube whereupon the bolt from the keyed lock may be inserted upon turning of a key. A rear wheel friction lock is provided having a member having a deadbolt lock that extends a frictional rubber device to make contact and block further rotation of the tire. Finally, a dual rack and pinion system has a key lock activated pinion articulating oppositely operating rack members; a pin or bolt lock blocks front tire and wheel movement and a hinged friction lock blocks rear tire and wheel motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Edward DiNapoli
  • Patent number: 8959965
    Abstract: A security device can be secured to a pedal vehicle to prevent the vehicle being pedalled. The security device includes a receiving means and a securing means. The receiving means may include a through-hole means for receiving part of a frame and a pedal crank arm of the vehicle and may have an open configuration in which the frame part and a part of the crank can be placed in the through-hole means, and a closed configuration in which a frame part and crank arm are held in the through-hole means against relative movement therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Derek Gray
  • Patent number: 8939000
    Abstract: The invention provides a bicycle lock with three rigid lock rods, either separable or articulating, which together provide an adaptable secure frame-to-wheel-to-security-object bicycle locking mechanism in conjunction with a removable seat post. One rod is inserted partially into the removed seat post, and the other rods extend outward from the first rod and then back toward the seat post for locking to a seat post clamp thereon, thus forming a closed triangular lock. The lock can be passed through the bicycle frame and wheel and around a bike rack or other external structure before closing to secure both the frame, wheel and seat post to the structure to prevent theft of any one or more of these components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: David Mendyk, Neil Blackmore, Kara Chomistek
  • Patent number: 8881559
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a foldable lock. The foldable lock is constituted by a lock head which is pivoted with a foldable lock rod set. Two steel balls are used by the lock head to control unlocking and locking operations, thereby improving difficulty in prizing. The foldable lock rod set is composed of plural flexible lock rods, plural pivoting sheaths, plural protective covers and plural bolts, allowing the foldable lock to have a better circuity when twining an object. By the abovementioned structures, the foldable lock can increase convenience in the locking operation and enhance the anti-theft effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Vulcan Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin Shu Chang
  • Patent number: 8875550
    Abstract: A bicycle padlock has two, independently manipulated, shackles of unequal size, long and short, extending from opposite sides of a body which houses an RFID reader for remote, automatic unlocking. Circuitry in the housing includes a microprocessor which actuates the reader to operate an unlocking motor only within a limited time of receiving a signal from a motion sensor, for battery conservation. A secondary manual unlocking mechanism is operable on failure of the automatic unlocking circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Bryan Daniel Spunt, Steven Goldstein
  • Patent number: 8776560
    Abstract: A bicycle link having one or more openings that can be ?-shaped and having a slider that closes a portion of the one or more openings is disclosed. The slider can be secured in place in relation to the bicycle link with a padlock or the like being placed in aligned holes in the slide and it the portion of the bicycle link containing the slider. Cables, chains and the like are placed in the openings and secured to immovable objects. When the slider is locked in place to close a portion of the openings, this arrangement secures the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: John Loughlin, Robert Loughlin
  • Patent number: 8756960
    Abstract: An improved cable lock device incorporating a lock housing incorporating both a cylindrical combination lock and axial friction fingers and associated with a flexible shackle that stores entirely inside handlebars of vehicles that utilize handlebars. The shackle is secured at one end to the lock housing and the other end to a toothed key to be inserted into the anterior end of the combination lock to form a locked loop for securing the vehicle. In the stored configuration of the device in the handlebar the toothed key is retained at the posterior of the lock housing. At its midpoint the shackle is bent substantially 180 degrees and attached to a small ball that will fit inside the handlebars. Resilient rings of fingers are attached on the axis of the lock housing. Upon lock insertion the resilient fingers deform to interior bore of the handlebar for friction locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Harold Poehlmann
  • Patent number: 8678205
    Abstract: Cycle storage and locking system for locking plural cycles in at least one storage station. The system includes plural locking and storage points each structured and arranged to lock one of the cycles at the at least one storage station. Each of the plural locking and storage points comprises two arms and a space arranged therebetween sized and configured to receive therein a front wheel of one of the cycles. A locking arrangement is structured and arranged to lock one of the cycles to one of the plural locking and storage points. The locking arrangement includes two laterally movable lateral locking projections arranged on the one of the cycles and two locking recesses arranged on the one of the plural locking and storage points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Smoove
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Mercat, Laurent Mercat, Denis Mercat
  • Patent number: 8662229
    Abstract: A saddle-ride vehicle includes a vehicle-body frame, an engine, a seat, a storage box, a box lid, a box-side locking mechanism, a filler lid, a filler-side locking mechanism, an unlocking mechanism, a box-side cable, and a filler-side cable. The unlocking mechanism includes a key cylinder which is key-operated. The unlocking mechanism is disposed between a head pipe and the storage box. The box-side cable is connected to the key cylinder. The box-side cable is to be caused to unlock a lock of the box-side locking mechanism by turning a key in one of a clockwise direction and a counterclockwise direction. The filler-side cable is connected to the key cylinder. The filler-side cable is to be caused to unlock a lock of the filler-side locking mechanism by turning the key in another of the clockwise direction and the counterclockwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nakagome, Tadashi Oshima, Kyohei Hosoya, Sunao Kawano, Manabu Fujii, Takeshi Kamiyama
  • Patent number: 8646297
    Abstract: A disc brake lock used principally with motorcycles has a body (10) with a U-shaped slot (13) to receive an edge of the disc. A locking pin can be moved to extend through a hole in the disc to fix the lock to the disc. A limb (11) of the U-shaped body (10) that is on the outside when the lock is clamped to the disc contains an alarm system (14) housed in a chamber (28) that cannot be accessed through that limb. The other limb (12), which is between the disc and the wheel, contains a removable cover (34) that, for extra security, can only be opened when the locking pin (16) is retracted. The alarm system (14) is inserted into the chamber (28) through the other limb (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Xena IP Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Ivan Foti
  • Patent number: 8640507
    Abstract: A padlock having a horizontal shackle is disclosed. The padlock may include a base comprising a latching mechanism, a first shackle aperture, and a second shackle aperture. The padlock may also include a shackle. The shackle may comprise a first post extending from within the first shackle aperture, a second post extending from within the second shackle aperture, and a horizontal cross member extending in a line from the first post to the second post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jay S. Derman
  • Patent number: 8601841
    Abstract: A hood and wheel brace comprising of a horizontal bar, encased in a plastic sleeve, being hollow and having two ends, with extendable bars slideably mounted and extending from each end of the horizontal bar operationally adjustable for sizing of a vehicle's hood and wherein each extendable bar is received in an insertion hole defined in one end of a retractable tower to align with the insertion hole and locked within the retractable tower; said retractable towers each having two ends, with a hook extending downward at one end inclined to allow the hook to embrace an inner side of the vehicle's front wheel; and a vertical shaft which includes a plurality of ratchet teeth longitudinally extending over a portion thereof, configured to allow the vertical shaft to slideably extend the sizing of the retractable tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Royce Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8596102
    Abstract: A bicycle link having one or more openings that can be ?-shaped and having a slider that closes a portion of the one or more openings is disclosed. The slider can be secured in place in relation to the bicycle link with a padlock or the like being placed in aligned holes in the slide and it the portion of the bicycle link containing the slider. Cables, chains and the like are placed in the openings and secured to immovable objects. When the slider is locked in place to close a portion of the openings, this arrangement secures the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Stanton Concepts Inc.
    Inventors: John Loughlin, Robert Loughlin
  • Patent number: 8555682
    Abstract: A linkage lock includes at least a plurality of elongated links capable of being arranged in a substantially tubular configuration; wherein each link has a longitudinal axis extending therethrough and at least one pivot disposed at the ends thereof configured to allow rotation about an axis in substantially orthogonal relation to the longitudinal axis; wherein at least one link is configured to be separable from the remainder of the linkage lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Trunek
  • Patent number: 8534754
    Abstract: Bicycle apparatus for use with a bicycle that, includes a bicycle seat post, the apparatus including at least one bicycle seat support member (14), a pair of locking members (28,30) mechanically linked to the bicycle-seat support member (14), and a lock (32) adapted to lock the locking members (28,30) to each other, wherein in a first position the bicycle seat support member (14) is securable to a bicycle seat post of a bicycle for use as a bicycle seat support, and in a second position the bicycle seat support member (14) is arranged for locking the bicycle by being locked with the locking members (28,30) and the lock (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ino Vision Ltd.
    Inventor: Oren Livne
  • Patent number: 8528370
    Abstract: A lock includes a housing, a cable, a restrictor, and a lock unit. One end of the cable is fixed to the housing while the other end is detachably connected to the housing so as to selectively form an adjustable loop with the housing. The restrictor is rotatably disposed on the housing to selectively wedge together with the cable. The lock unit is disposed on the housing and can be selectively moved among a first position, a second position, and a third position. When the lock unit is moved toward the first position, the restrictor moves together with the lock unit to detach from the cable so as to allow the other end of the cable to disassemble from the housing. When the lock unit is moved to the second position, the restrictor restricts the cable to move toward a specific direction so as to shrink the adjustable loop. When the lock unit is moved to the third position, the restrictor wedges together with the cable, so that the length of the adjustable loop is fixed and not adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sinoxlock (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Chiang Yu, Chia-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 8517162
    Abstract: An electronic lock is provided for removably securing a movable item to a structure, the electronic lock comprising first and second complementary cooperating member, each mounted to a respective one of the movable item and the structure and being engageable together in a lockable position and a securing assembly for securing the first and second connecting member together when engaged in the lockable position, wherein the securing assembly comprises inter alia a position detecting means, an electronic control means, an actuator, a locking aperture and a movable locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Societe de Velo en Libre-Service
    Inventors: Charles Ibrahim Khairallah, Michel Dallaire
  • Patent number: 8508333
    Abstract: The invention refers to automatic parking station for cycles or bicycles, comprising at least one interactive workstation (2) and a plurality of parking posts (3). Each parking post includes a first lock portion (4) aimed at securing a cycle or bicycle thereto through a removable second lock portion (7) of the cycle or bicycle (6). The parking posts (3) are connected to the interactive workstation (2) through a local communication network (5) to allow exchange of commands between the interactive workstation (2) and the parking posts (3). Each parking post (3) comprises code reading means for reading a cycle/bicycle code univocally identifying a cycle or bicycle and stored in a memory medium, so that the cycle/bicycle can be identified by the interactive workstation (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Pedro Roberto Kanof
  • Patent number: 8505342
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bicycle lock structure with dual latch, which includes a latch seat and a lock body, wherein two parallel latches are set on one side of the latch seat, two inserting holes are set on one side of the lock body for inserting the latches, and at least a bead is drove to wedge into a wedged hole of the latch by a slider inside the lock body to form wedged locking, the lock picking difficulty is increased by such structure, to thereby improve the anti-theft effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Crops Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiji Taiga
  • Patent number: 8490514
    Abstract: A pedal-crank assembly for bicycles includes a pedal configured to be used as a safety lock for the bicycle and a member for fast and easy removal of the pedal from the crank. The pedal-crank further includes a frame rotatably mounted on a pin and a shaft rotatably mounted inside the pin. The pedal has spherical bodies housed inside housing of the shaft. The pin has holes which receive the corresponding spherical bodies. A key lock is mounted to the pedal and configured to be actuated to move the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Raniero Giudici
  • Patent number: 8453853
    Abstract: A multi-skateboard storage rack may include a rigid frame and a plurality of vertical rods statically connected to the frame. A plurality of horizontal peg extensions may be attached to the rods. A plurality of locking jaws may be pivotally connected to corresponding ones of the peg extensions such that associated pairs of the locking jaws may be selectively articulated between a closed locked position and an open unlocked position respectively. Each pair of locking jaws includes a top and a bottom hook which may be independently articulated along mutually exclusive arcuate paths oriented about the corresponding peg extensions. A plurality of locks may be removably fastened to the associated pairs of locking jaws for prohibiting the pairs of locking jaws from being articulated. The multi-skateboard storage rack may further include a plurality of non-linear guide tracks attached to the frame. The multi-skateboard storage rack may further include an optional flexible fenced closure formed from a mesh screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Othella Adams
  • Patent number: 8417419
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for locking (D) the steering column of a motorcycle (M), which includes a first module (200) secured to the rotating column and a second module (100) secured to the frame of the vehicle (M), which is stationary with respect to said column, said frame mechanically limiting the angular amplitude of rotation of said column, a module (200) including a locking bolt (211) projecting toward the other module (100), and the other module (100) including two flat bolts (110) projecting toward the other module (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: LDL Technology S.A.S.
    Inventor: Philippe Lefaure
  • Patent number: 8353186
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hoop lock having a lock body and a hoop which is movable relative to the lock body between an open position and a closed position. The lock body has a lock housing and a closing mechanism which is fastened in the lock housing and has a driver. The driver is selectively movable into an unlatched position or into a latched position. A latching device is furthermore provided in the lock body and acts between the driver of the locking mechanism, the hoop and the lock housing. The latching device latches the hoop to the lock housing when the hoop is in the closed position and the driver of the locking mechanism is in the latched position. At least a part of the latching device is movable together with the hoop between the open position and the closed position of the hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: ABUS August Bremicker Söhne KG
    Inventor: Hans-Theo Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8353488
    Abstract: A bicycle parking structure that is adapted to be mounted on and affixed to a vertical post wherein the mechanism for affixing the parking structure to the post includes a security rod that is hidden and inaccessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Palmer Group LLC
    Inventor: Geoff Palmer
  • Publication number: 20120324966
    Abstract: An electronic lock is provided for removably securing a movable item to a structure, the electronic lock comprising first and second complementary cooperating member, each mounted to a respective one of the movable item and the structure and being engageable together in a lockable position and a securing assembly for securing the first and second connecting member together when engaged in the lockable position, wherein the securing assembly comprises inter alia a position detecting means, an electronic control means, an actuator, a locking aperture and a movable locking member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: SOCIETE DE VELO EN LIBRE-SERVICE
    Inventors: Michel Dallaire, Charles Ibrahim KHAIRALLAH
  • Publication number: 20120312058
    Abstract: The invention provides a bicycle lock with three rigid lock rods, either separable or articulating, which together provide an adaptable secure frame-to-wheel-to-security-object bicycle locking mechanism in conjunction with a removable seat post. One rod is inserted partially into the removed seat post, and the other rods extend outward from the first rod and then back toward the seat post for locking to a seat post clamp thereon, thus forming a closed triangular lock. The lock can be passed through the bicycle frame and wheel and around a bike rack or other external structure before closing to secure both the frame, wheel and seat post to the structure to prevent theft of any one or more of these components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: David Mendyk, Neil Blackmore, Kara Chomistek
  • Patent number: 8302436
    Abstract: A linkage lock comprises a lock body, a linkage chain, and a lock mechanism arranged in the lock body. The linkage chain is formed via linking a plurality of link plates and has a first end joined with the lock body and a second end able to be inserted into and secured to a socket of the lock body. The lock body has a shaft. When intending to collect the linkage lock whose second end is unlocked, the user winds the linkage chain around the surface of the shaft with the shaft being a central axis to fold the linkage lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Sinox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mei Ling Cheung
  • Patent number: 8297086
    Abstract: A loop connector and a cable lock having the loop connector are provided. The cable lock includes a cable, a lock body, and the loop connector. The lock body has a lock unit and a restricting unit. The lock unit can restrict or release the restricting unit to allow the restricting unit to movably restrict or release the cable. The cable thereby extends or retracts in this manner. The loop connector has a connector body that includes a first through hole and a second through hole. The first through hole and the second through hole are adjacent to each other, wherein the normal direction of the cross section of the first through hole is perpendicular to the normal direction of the cross section of the second through hole. When the cable passing through the lock body passes through the loop connector, the cable forms a plurality of loops at the lock body with the loop connector and the lock body to secure and protect one or more articles from being stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Sinox Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chang-Chiang Yu, Chia-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 8281625
    Abstract: A skewer assembly for a rack mount having a cam disposed against a cam follower actuable from an open configuration to a closed configuration, the skewer assembly further having a lock assembly integrated with the cam follower and a locking member located within a radial contact surface perimeter of the cam. The skewer further having a tightening assembly with a ratcheting nut which is incapable of being loosened when the skewer is placed in tension. Moreover, the skewer assembly covers the access holes to the internal hardware of the rack mount when inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Keith L. Prescott
  • Patent number: 8272491
    Abstract: An electronic lock is provided for removably securing a movable item to a structure, the electronic lock comprising first and second complementary cooperating member, each mounted to a respective one of the movable item and the structure and being engageable together in a lockable position and a securing assembly for securing the first and second connecting member together when engaged in the lockable position, wherein the securing assembly comprises inter alia a position detecting means, an electronic control means, an actuator, a locking aperture and a movable locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Societe de Velo en Libre-Service
    Inventors: Charles Ibrahim Khairallah, Michel Dallaire
  • Patent number: 8261585
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism including a shaft having a first end cap and a second end cap is provided. The second end cap is attached to, or associated with, a lever designed and configured for actuating the quick release mechanism between closed and open positions and for use as a bicycle repair tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: TriG Cycling Ltd.
    Inventors: Guy Kotlizky, Gal Raz
  • Publication number: 20120192601
    Abstract: A latching system 1 has a housing 3 provided with a recess 5 in which a part of the bicycle can be inserted, preferably a frame tube sloping upwards. In the housing 3 a latching element 7 is located which can be moved between a release position in which the latching element opens the recess and a latching position in which the latching element closes the recess. The latching system 1 further comprises a key 19 that is positioned in an opening 21 in the housing 3 and is pushed out of the housing when the latching element is moved from the latching position to the release position. To this end the latching element 7 is equipped with an arm 23 which is fitted to the U-shaped part of the housing. When the latching element 7 turns to the release position, one end 25 of the arm 23 pushes against the key 19 causing it it be pushed out of the opening 21.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Antonius Gerardus Petrus Johannes Kooijmans
  • Patent number: 8196945
    Abstract: A locking bicycle pedal includes coiled cables on spools with locking mechanisms attached to free ends. The cables may be extended from the spools. The locking mechanism may comprise a key or combination lock. The locking mechanisms attach to the pedal when not in use for locking the bicycle. A bicycle may be equipped with one or more locking pedals. Where two locking pedals are provided, the locking mechanisms of one pedal may interlock with each other and/or the locking mechanisms of the other pedal. The coil and locking mechanisms do not interfere with normal use of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Pedal Lock Partnership
    Inventor: Ryan G. Hensley
  • Publication number: 20120131966
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for locking a saddle post to a seat tube. The saddle post is movably inserted in the seat tube. The apparatus includes a quick release clamp and a lock. The quick release clamp includes a ferrule, a lug and a handle. The ferrule is provided around the seat tube. The lug is formed on the ferrule. The handle is operable to tighten the ferrule on the seat tube. The handle includes a slot defined therein. The lock includes a portion that can be inserted through the lug after the lug is inserted though the slot defined in the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Zuo-Rong YUAN
  • Patent number: 8181496
    Abstract: A cross brace for securing on a U-lock having a U-shaped shackle with the cross brace comprising first and second engaging members and a connecting member therebetween. The first engaging member defines a first through bore having a first opening and a first central axis. The second engaging member defines a second through bore having second opening and a second central axis. The connecting member extends between and connects the first and second members relative to one another such that an opening plane extending between the first and second openings and intersecting the first and second central axes is at an acute angle relative to the first and second central axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Ingersoll Rand Company
    Inventor: Cornelius McDaid
  • Patent number: 8176759
    Abstract: Theft prevention device for enabling to lock the handlebar grip and the brake-lever of a two-wheeled vehicle, where the brake-lever is movably connected to the handlebar, to prevent stealing of the vehicle. The device may comprise a housing comprising at least two openings; a handlebar cuff that enables slidably attaching to the housing through the openings and cuffing of the handlebar grip therein; a brake-lever cuff that enables slidably attaching to the housing through the openings and, cuffing of the brake-lever therein; and a lock assembly that is operatively associated with the cuffs. The lock assembly enables locking the cuffs in a position where the cuffs cuff the handlebar grip and the brake-lever. To install the theft prevention device the cuffs should be approximate to one another, and then the user may lock the cuffs in the approximated cuffing position, using the lock assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventors: Eyal Katz, Noam Harel, Kfir Feldman
  • Publication number: 20120111070
    Abstract: An electronic lock is provided for removably securing a movable item to a structure, the electronic lock comprising first and second complementary cooperating member, each mounted to a respective one of the movable item and the structure and being engageable together in a lockable position and a securing assembly for securing the first and second connecting member together when engaged in the lockable position, wherein the securing assembly comprises inter alia a position detecting means, an electronic control means, an actuator, a locking aperture and a movable locking member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: SOCIETE DE VELO EN LIBRE-SERVICE
    Inventors: Charles Ibrahim KHAIRALLAH, Michel DALLAIRE
  • Patent number: 8156774
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for a bicycle that includes wheels disposed on a front fork and on a rear stay by a nut or bolt system and a saddle tube whose clamping axis comprises a nut or a bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventors: Michel Tribout, Frédéric Lacom
  • Patent number: 8151604
    Abstract: The invention relates to a loop lock, in particular to a chain lock or to a wire cable lock, having a lock body which has a longitudinal axis and which surrounds a cylinder housing of a lock cylinder and having a loop, wherein the first end of the loop is permanently fastened to a fastening point of the cylinder housing and is aligned perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the lock body, wherein a second end of the loop can be releasably fastened to a longitudinal end of the lock body and is aligned coaxially to the longitudinal axis of the lock body; and wherein a cylinder core of the lock cylinder is rotatably journalled about an axis of rotation in the cylinder housing and is characterized in that the axis of rotation of the cylinder core is offset in parallel with respect to the longitudinal axis of the lock body, namely away from the fastening point for the first end of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: ABUS August Bremicker Soehne KG
    Inventors: Manuel Thomas, Hoi Jarm Ng, Wai Leung Ng, legal representative
  • Patent number: 8141892
    Abstract: A steering lock structure for a vehicle with a saddle includes a steering lock mechanism and left and right frame members. The steering lock mechanism is disposed rearwardly with respect to a head pipe to lock and unlock a rotation of a steering system. The left and right frame members extend in a vehicle rearward direction from the head pipe. The steering lock mechanism is disposed between the left and right frame members. The steering lock mechanism is configured to cause a lock pin to carry out a stroke movement along a vehicle upward and downward direction. The steering lock mechanism is configured to cause the lock pin to be brought into and out of engagement with a top bridge of the steering system which is supported on the head pipe. Thereby, locking and unlocking of the rotation of the steering system are allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Nakanishi, Tomoya Yoshizawa, Yoshiaki Takeuchi, Hiroshi Nishijima, Masakazu Kadota, Hidekuni Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 8132437
    Abstract: A bicycle lock comprises a handlebar union connecting a handlebar with a bicycle frame and having an insert hole; a lock mechanism built in the handlebar union and manipulated to have a lock state or an unlock state; and a cable with one end thereof connected with the handlebar union and another end thereof having a bolt. The cable can be wound around a fixed object. The bolt can be inserted into the insert hole and manipulated to a lock state via the lock mechanism to make the bolt neither disengage from the insert hole nor separate from the handlebar union.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Sinox Lock (Kushan) Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Mao-Yi Chen
  • Publication number: 20120042701
    Abstract: A lock includes a stationary key mass having a first key mass bore and a keyway, and a movable spring mass including a first spring mass bore. A first spring mass pin is mounted in the first spring mass bore, and a first key mass pin is mounted in the first key mass bore for reciprocation between a locked position immobilizing the spring mass and an unlocked position unconstraining motion in at least one direction. The unlocked position is a function of the presence of a matching key in the keyway. Multiple key mass and spring mass pins can be used, some or all of which can have stepped configurations, and corresponding single-bladed or multi-bladed keys, or multiple keys, can be used. The keys can be straight or curved in any of various planes, or they can be straight but flexible to match curved keyways. Curves can be unidirectional or compound. Relative motion between the key mass and spring mass can be in a plane or along straight line or circular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: GORDON MAH ENTERPRISE, INC.
    Inventor: Gordon B. J. Mah
  • Patent number: 8117875
    Abstract: The retractable wheel lock has a wheel axle assembly that includes a hub forming a housing with an opening. The hub is freely rotatable about the axle. A retractable cable including a male locking element is coiled in the hub and can be retractably paid out from the hub, guided through a frame of an attached bicycle, around a bike rack, pole, or the like, and then back into a female lock socket affixed to the hub to conveniently secure the bicycle in a theft resistant manner. Alternative embodiments allow a rim to rotate freely around the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Phillip D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8083112
    Abstract: A positioning assembly for a bicycle lock has a positioning frame, a turning connector and a linking element. The positioning frame is detachably mounted on a bicycle and has a mounting segment and a controlling segment. The controlling segment is mounted on the mounting segment and has a base and two pressing devices. The base has two mounting recesses. The pressing devices are movably and respectively mounted in the mounting recesses of the base. The turning connector is pivotally and detachably connected to the positioning frame and has a pivotal segment and a linking segment. The pivotal segment has two engaging elements mounted in the mounting recesses of the base to engage the pressing devices. The linking segment is formed with the pivotal segment and has an inserting hole. The linking element is detachably connected to inserting hole of the turning connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Lambert Kuo