Flexible Control Element Patents (Class 74/489)
  • Patent number: 11021213
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device includes a base, a positioning ratchet, a positioning pawl and a release. The base includes a base plate having first and second oppositely facing surfaces. The positioning pawl is movable between holding and releasing positions. The positioning pawl engages the positioning ratchet to selectively establish predetermined positions of the positioning ratchet while in the holding position. The positioning pawl disengages from the positioning ratchet to permit the positioning ratchet to move in one direction while in the releasing position. The release is movable between first and second positions. The release moves the positioning pawl from the holding position to the releasing position as the release moves from the first position towards the second position. The release contacts the positioning pawl at a contact area disposed between the first and second oppositely facing surfaces while the release is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11001336
    Abstract: A bicycle braking system includes a lever assembly, a parking brake mechanism, and a positioning assembly. The lever assembly includes a housing and a brake lever pivotably disposed on the housing. The housing has a first positioning structure, and the brake lever has an engagement portion. The parking brake mechanism includes a control handle pivotably disposed on the housing so as to be engaged or disengaged with the engagement portion. The positioning assembly includes a positioning handle pivotably disposed on the control handle and having a locked position and an unlocked position. when the positioning handle is in the locked position, the positioning handle is positioned at the first positioning structure so as to stop the control handle from be pivoted with respect to the housing. When the positioning handle is in the unlocked position, the positioning handle is removed from the first positioning structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: TEKTRO TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chao-Kung Chen
  • Patent number: 10994799
    Abstract: The clutch lever includes a pivot at a proximal end which pivots relative to a mounting bracket and has an arm extending distally from the proximal end. An anchor recess is provided adjacent to the pivot at the proximal end. A post extends from an inner wall of the anchor recess. A clutch cable with a head at a distal end, and with a hole in the head, can fit within the anchor recess with the post passing through the hole in the head. The post and sidewalls thus support the clutch cable relative to the clutch lever. A cap encloses the anchor recess with a depression on an inner face thereof, sized to receive and support a tip of the post therein. The post is thus securely supported at both a base and a tip of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Arthur Zaehnle
  • Patent number: 10966896
    Abstract: A braking system for a rollator with a frame includes an adjustable handle to be installed on a right subframe or a left subframe of the frame of the rollator, a bracket fixedly connected to the handle, a lever rotatably connected to the bracket, a lock movably connected to the bracket and configured to fix the lever in a locked position when the lock is moved relative to the bracket once the lever is rotated toward the frame, and a wire operably connected between the lever and a brake on the frame of the rollator, such that the wire applies the brake when the lever is rotated toward the bracket and when the lever is fixed in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: MAPLE LEAF MEDICAL SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Heather DeBrock, Drew DeBrock
  • Patent number: 10960867
    Abstract: There is disclosed a motorcycle parking brake device adapted to be mounted to the master cylinder of a braking system. The brake device includes a bolt portion with a stem portion which extends to a head having a flange. The stem portion includes a threaded portion, a cylindrical first seat, a recessed portion, and a second seat. The stem portion has a stem channel with an O-ring slot containing an O-ring seal. A hydraulic fluid opening extends through the recessed portion and into the stem channel. The central stem channel extends to a head channel. A plunger is coupled to the bolt portion for reciprocal movement between a disengaged position and an engaged position. The plunger has a shank, a piston, and a push plate. The brake device also has a seal fitted about the second seat and a resilient D-ring seal fitted about the first seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Bullet Brake, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Eric Normyle
  • Patent number: 10889346
    Abstract: An electric twist-grip operating device is basically provided with a base member and a switch unit. The base member is configured to be mounted around a bicycle handlebar. The switch unit is configured to output a first control signal to control a bicycle apparatus including at least one of a height adjustable seatpost and a suspension, the switch unit including a rotary operating member rotatable with respect to the base member about a longitudinal axis of the bicycle handlebar, the switch unit being configured to output one of the first control signal and a second control signal in response to a movement of the rotary operating member, the second control signal being different from the first control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Yuta Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10889348
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device includes a base member coupled to a handlebar clamp and a user operated member movably coupled to the base member to move a mechanical control cable with respect to the base member. The base member includes a coupling portion coupled to the handlebar clamp. The coupling portion includes an elongated hole having a long direction extending parallel to a center axis of the handlebar clamp. The coupling portion is coupled to the handlebar clamp via a fastener extending into the elongated hole. The user operated member is movable with respect to the base member between a rest position and an operated position. The bicycle operating device does not mechanically fix a position of the mechanical control cable with respect to the base member in accordance with movement of the user operated member between the rest position and the operated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kentaro Miyazaki, Kazutaka Fukao, Yoshimitsu Miki, Kohei Obuchi
  • Patent number: 10843763
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, a brake operating lever, an additional operating lever, an electrical switch, and a wireless communication unit. The brake operating lever is pivotally coupled to the base member in a first direction. The additional operating lever is pivotally coupled to one of the base member and the brake operating lever in a second direction and in a third direction different from the first direction and the second direction. The electrical switch is to provide an electric signal in response to a movement of the additional operating lever in the third direction. The electrical switch is disposed at the base member. The wireless communication unit is connected to the electrical switch to transmit a wireless signal based on the electric signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takafumi Nishino, Takehiko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10843764
    Abstract: A control system for use by a rider of a vehicle, comprising a handlebar with a grip extending along a grip axis, and a throttle assembly with a housing and mount adapted for attachment to the handlebar along a housing axis arranged coincident to the grip axis and laying in a longitudinal reference plane defining a forward side and a rider side. A thumb trigger is arranged for movement between a first trigger position and a second trigger position, and comprises a thumb pad arranged for engagement by the rider, and a trigger interface supported for rotation about a pivot axis defined by the housing and arranged at an oblique angle relative to the housing axis taken normal to the longitudinal reference plane such that at least a portion of the thumb pad remains on the rider side as the thumb trigger moves between the first and second trigger positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: KA Group AG
    Inventor: Aaron Hengst
  • Patent number: 10821950
    Abstract: The invention relates to a braking device (10) for a vehicle having a handlebar and a brake cable (C), said device comprising a support (18) provided with a fastener sleeve (20) and including a receiving cavity (19) for receiving the nipple (Ca) of the brake cable, said device further comprising a pivot body (24) mounted to pivot about a pivot axis (Y), the pivot body comprising both a brake handle (26) and also a guide member (34) for guiding the brake cable into the pivot body and extending along an axis (Z), the axis of the guide member extending transversely relative to a plane (P) that is perpendicular to the pivot axis, and the guide member and the brake handle extending on opposite sides of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: DECATHLON
    Inventor: David Petitdemange
  • Patent number: 10780934
    Abstract: A seat rod clamp assembly and a vehicle is described. The seat tube clamp assembly includes an annular hoop having a notch, the annular hoop having a locking portion on each side of the notch, and the annular hoop having a post hole. The seat tube clamp assembly includes a wrench rotatably connected to the two locking portions, and at least one pair of eccentric washers, such that one of the eccentric washers is fixed to one of the locking portions, the other of the eccentric washers is correspondingly fixed to the wrench, an end surface of each of the eccentric washers has an inclined surface, and the end surfaces of the two eccentric washers are abutted against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING MOBIKE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Weiwei Hu
  • Patent number: 10745082
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device includes a base member, an actuator arranged to be movable with respect to the base member and having a cable holder, and a user operated input arranged to be movable with respect to the base member to move the actuator. In a state where the actuator is located in a first position, the user operated input moves the actuator from the first position to a second position by being operated with respect to the base member in a first direction. In a state where the actuator is located in the second position, the user operated input moves the actuator from the second position to the first position by being operated in the first direction or a second direction, which differs from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10737745
    Abstract: This invention relates to a double linkage safety brake system, which includes at least a brake handle, a base, a rear wheel brake wire, a front wheel brake line, a rear wheel brake and a front wheel brake. Said brake handle is provided with a first connecting rod and a second connection rod, the driving arm of brake handle is provided with a first shaft hole and a second shaft hole, the second shaft hole is an arc-shaped elongated hole, the distance between the first shaft hole and the shaft 200 is smaller than the distance between the second shaft hole and the shaft. A first support shaft is pivoted between the first shaft hole and the first connecting rod, and the outer side of the first connecting rod is connected to said rear wheel brake wire. A second support shaft is pivoted between the second shaft slot and the second connecting rod, and the outer side of the second connecting rod is connected to the front wheel brake wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GINDA NEW-TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jui-Lung Chang
  • Patent number: 10737775
    Abstract: A control member that is operable by a pilot to vary thrust from a thrust system of an aircraft. The control member comprises a stick and a movable assembly including a grip. The grip is linked to the stick via a helical link, rotation of the grip about the stick giving rise to movement in translation of the grip together with the movable assembly along the stick, the grip being movable in translation in both a first direction in translation and in a second direction in translation that is opposite to the first direction in translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Jean-Romain Bihel, Zouhair Sassi
  • Patent number: 10723404
    Abstract: A system for controlling a vehicle fitted with electrical controls, the control system includes a handgrip mounted on a shaft and fitted with a position sensor and with a return spring which is fixed by one end to the handgrip so as to generate a return moment that opposes the twisting of the handgrip. The system includes at least one actuator able to move a cam mounted on the shaft and able to: modify the preload of the return spring according to the position of the cam to which the other end of the return spring is fixed, and/or modify the travel of the handgrip by collaborating with an end stop of the handgrip, the end stop coming into contact with a cam at the end of the travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Loïc Trocme, Pascal Rochard
  • Patent number: 10696352
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, an operating member, an operating structure, and an operating unit. The operating member is movable relative to the base member between a rest position and an operated position. The operating structure includes a take-up member movable relative to the base member to move a first operation cable in a pulling direction and a releasing direction opposite to the pulling direction. The operating unit is mounted to the base member to operate a second bicycle component in response to an input operation from a user. The operating unit includes an electrical switch and a controller. The electrical switch is configured to receive the input operation from the user. The controller is configured to generate an operation signal to operate the second bicycle component in response to the input operation inputted from the electrical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Fukao, Yasuhisa Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10583890
    Abstract: A bar-end device assembly is provided for a tube member of a bicycle. The bar-end device assembly has a base member that includes a mounting portion, a first shoe and a second shoe. The mounting portion is configured to be mounted within an interior of a free end provided on the tube member. The first shoe is configured to engage the interior of the tube member as the mounting portion is mounted to the tube member with the first mounting shoe disposed on the mounting portion. The second shoe is configured to engage the interior of the tube member as the mounting portion is mounted to the tube member with the second mounting shoe disposed on the mounting portion. The first and second shoes have different configurations and are used one at a time to change an effective mounting dimension of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Komada, Kohei Ohyabu
  • Patent number: 10562584
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, an operating member, a piston, and an electrical switch. The base member includes a first end portion to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar, a second end portion opposite to the first end portion, and a cylinder bore. The operating member includes a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The proximal end portion is pivotally coupled to the base member about a pivot axis. The distal end portion is farther from the proximal end portion than the pivot axis. The piston is movably provided in the cylinder bore and operatively coupled to the operating member to move in the cylinder bore in response to a pivotal movement of the operating member. The electrical switch is provided at the second end portion. The electrical switch is farther from the distal end portion of the operating member than the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Komada
  • Patent number: 10543884
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device is basically provided with a base member, a positioning ratchet, a first positioning pawl and a second positioning pawl. The positioning ratchet pivots with respect to the base member about a pivot axis. The positioning ratchet pivots in first and second directions. The first and second positioning pawls are pivotally mounted about a pawl pivot axis between holding positions and releasing positions. The first and second positioning pawls include contact points that selectively contact the positioning ratchet to prevent pivoting of the positioning ratchet in the first direction while the holding position. The contact points of the first and second positioning pawls are perpendicularly spaced from the pawl pivot axis by first and second linear lengths, respectively, that are different. The pivot axis and the pawl pivot axis defines a plane. The first and second contact points are located on a same side of the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nakamura, Kazutaka Fukao
  • Patent number: 10532788
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device is basically provided with a first base member, a lever and an operating unit. The first base member includes a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion is configured to be coupled to a handlebar. The second end portion is opposite to the first end portion. The first base member extends along a longitudinal direction from the first end portion to the second end portion. The lever is pivotally coupled to the first base member about a lever axis. The operating unit includes a second base member and an operating member. The second base member includes a mounting portion that is mounted to the second end portion of the first base member. The operating member is movably coupled to the second base member between a rest position and an operated position to operate a bicycle telescopic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Nobukatsu Hara
  • Patent number: 10532790
    Abstract: A bicycle control device has a body for mounting on a bicycle handlebar and a brake lever that rotates about a predetermined axis. The body has abutment portions defining a first brake lever release position and at least one second brake lever release position. The control device includes an adjuster for selecting a release position. The adjuster has a pin that is mounted on the brake lever and slides substantially parallel to the predetermined axis between abutment portions and a coupler that couples with the pin; the coupler being fixed with the brake lever and configured to selectively stop the pin in a selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Christian Marangon
  • Patent number: 10513308
    Abstract: A hydraulic brake control apparatus for attaching to an open ended handlebar of a vehicle, the handlebar having a longitudinal axis. The hydraulic brake control apparatus includes a brake housing that is attachable to the handlebar, the brake housing including a first section residing outside the handlebar, and a second section sized and shaped to be received inside the handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Brian T. Jordan, Andreas Vonend, Andreas Guender
  • Patent number: 10486658
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, a brake operating member, an electrical switch, and a wireless communication unit. The brake operation member is movably coupled to the base member. The brake operating member is movable relative to the base member in a first direction and movable relative to the base member in a second direction different from the first direction. The electrical switch is to provide an electric signal in response to a movement of the brake operating member in the second direction. The electrical switch is disposed at one of the base member and the brake operating member. The wireless communication unit is connected to the electrical switch to transmit a wireless signal based on the electric signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takafumi Nishino, Takehiko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10450034
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device has a base member, a holding member, a stopping member and a positioning member. The holding member is movable between a rest position and an operated position. The stopping member is movable in a first direction. The stopping member engages the holding member to prevent movement of the stopping member in the first direction while the holding member is in the operated position. The positioning member is movable relative to the base member in the first direction. The positioning member engages the holding member to prevent movement of the positioning member in the first direction while the holding member is in the rest position. The positioning member moves relative to the stopping member in the first direction while the holding member is in the operated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Guang Sheng Elson Lim
  • Patent number: 10435114
    Abstract: A bicycle gear shifter comprises a shift positioning ratchet provided with positioning teeth, release teeth, and drive teeth, a drive member for rotating the shift positioning ratchet, a mounting member mounted on a bicycle handlebar, a resettable positioning member, a release member for driving movements of the resettable positioning member, a fixing member connected to the mounting member, and an actuating member for driving the shift positioning ratchet to reversely rotate. The shift positioning ratchet and the actuating member are mounted on the fixing member by a rotatable main shaft, the resettable positioning member is sleeved around the rotatable main shaft, and a positioning pawl is provided for engaging with the positioning teeth. The drive member is sleeved around the rotatable main shaft and is provided with a driving part engaging with the driving teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: S-Ride Bicycle Components (Foshan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ruizan Qin
  • Patent number: 10377441
    Abstract: A throttle grip apparatus includes a throttle grip, an interlocking member which includes engaged parts to be engaged with engaging parts formed on the throttle grip and is rotatable in conjunction with rotation of the throttle grip, a first biasing unit which biases the interlocking member when the throttle grip rotates in a normal direction, a second biasing unit which biases the interlocking member when the throttle grip rotates in a reverse direction. The engaging parts and the engaged parts are formed respectively on the throttle grip and the interlocking member at regular intervals along a rotation direction of the throttle grip, and the second biasing unit is installed at each of positions between the engaged pans of the interlocking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ASAHI DENSO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yukio Oshiro
  • Patent number: 10351199
    Abstract: A wiring structure of a grip heater includes an accelerator grip, a grip pulley, an accelerator position sensor configured to detect an amount of rotation of the grip pulley, and a grip heater, an engaging section that is configured to engage the grip pulley with the accelerator position sensor and transmit the amount of rotation of the grip pulley to the accelerator position sensor is installed at the grip pulley and the accelerator position sensor, a feeder cable is connected to the grip heater, and the feeder cable is wound on an outer circumference of the engaging section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Osanai, Yutaka Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10300983
    Abstract: An operating assembly for a small vehicle including a bicycle is basically provided with a base member, an operating member, a handlebar fixing structure and a handlebar spacer. The base member includes a support. The operating member is movably coupled to the base member. The handlebar fixing structure is coupled to base member. The handlebar fixing structure defines a handlebar receiving area. The support is spaced from the handlebar receiving area of the handlebar fixing structure in a parallel direction parallel to a handlebar axis defined by the handlebar receiving area. The handlebar spacer is disposed between a handlebar and one of the support and the handlebar fixing structure in a mounted state where the operating device is mounted to the handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Mototsugu Nakai, Kohei Obuchi, Kentaro Kosaka, Takahiro Yamashita, Toshio Tetsuka
  • Patent number: 10279858
    Abstract: A vehicle steered by handlebars has a handlebar tube. A handlebar fastener for a switchgear unit includes an adapter device for receiving the switchgear unit and a fastening device for fastening the adapter device to the handlebar tube of the vehicle steered by handlebars. The adapter device has a torque support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Ruopp, Christian Neutsch
  • Patent number: 10239581
    Abstract: A shift and brake lever assembly including a brake lever having a first surface facing a handlebar and a second surface facing away from a handlebar. A shift lever may be mounted to the second surface of the brake lever using mounting components. Complementary apertures of the various mounting components may lie on a common longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Gevenalle, Inc
    Inventor: Adam John Clement
  • Patent number: 10215220
    Abstract: A cable assembly is provided for use with Bowden cables that combines a splitter and compensator. The cable assembly includes a hollow housing having a longitudinal axis, a first end defining a first aperture for receiving the wire of an input cable, and a second end defining a second aperture for receiving the wires of the output cables. A slider is provided within the housing for joining the wires of the input and output cables. The slider is configured for movement within the housing and along the axis. A conduit cap fixes the conduits of the output cables to one another. The conduit cap is configured for movement within the housing. A compression spring is configured to bias the conduit cap away from the first end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc
    Inventor: David M Runde
  • Patent number: 10155563
    Abstract: A bike brake lever with an adjustable sensor device includes a main body and a sensor device. The main body has a symmetry plane longitudinally defined through the main body and a pivot seat mounted on the main body and located along the symmetry plane. The sensor device is rotatably connected with the pivot seat of the main body and has a pivot portion rotatably connected with the pivot seat and a detecting portion connected with the pivot portion. The sensor device of the bike brake lever is adjustable for position switch. The bike brake lever is universal for both sides of a bike, meets the user's demand, and also reduces the manufacture cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: LEE CHI ENTERPRISES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wen-Tsung Liu, Guo-Yuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10144483
    Abstract: A bicycle component control device basically includes a bracket and a bicycle component operating unit. The bicycle component operating unit is disposed in an interior space of the bracket. The bicycle component operating unit includes an operating member protruding toward outside of the interior space. The bracket includes a plurality of bracket parts being separate pieces from each other and non-movably fixed to at least one adjacent one of the plurality of bracket parts that define the interior space. The plurality of bracket parts is further configured relative to each other such that a connecting seam formed on the bracket extends along at least three of a mounting surface, an upper surface, a lower surface, a first side surface and a second side surface of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Kazutaka Fukao, Kentaro Kosaka
  • Patent number: 10131406
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, a cable control body, a positioning pawl, a stopping member, and a stopping pawl. The positioning pawl is movable between a holding position to stop a movement of the cable control body in a first direction, and a non-holding position to allow a movement of the cable control body in the first direction. The stopping pawl is movable between a stopping position to stop a movement of the stopping member in the first direction, and a non-stopping position to allow a movement of the stopping member in the first direction. The stopping member is coupled to the cable control body such that the cable control body is movable relative to the stopping member within a movable range while the stopping pawl is arranged at the stopping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Kentaro Kosaka, Yoshimitsu Miki, Kazunori Okubo
  • Patent number: 10065706
    Abstract: A bicycle component fixing structure includes at least one bracket including at least one connecting portion and at least one fixing portion. The connecting portion is connected to the bicycle component. The fixing portion extends from the connecting portion and is fixed with respect to an outer peripheral surface of a cylindrical portion having an open end. The fixing portion includes at least one inner surface that opposes an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion, and at least one outer surface that faces in the opposite direction from the inner surface. The fixing portion is fixed to the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion by a pressing force that acts on the outer surface. The bracket fixes the bicycle component to the open end of the cylindrical portion, in a state in which the fixing portion is fixed to the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Iino, Kazuhiro Fujii, Eiji Mishima
  • Patent number: 10029567
    Abstract: A vehicle has a frame, and an engine and a steering assembly including a handlebar 5 connected to the frame. The laterally extending handlebar defines a handlebar axis. A throttle body, in fluid communication with the engine, has a throttle valve having open and closed positions for controlling fluid flow to the engine. A throttle control module, controlling the position of the throttle valve, comprises a housing rotatably connected to the handlebar and a lever operatively connected to the throttle valve to control its position. The lever extends 10 laterally from the housing and connects pivotably thereto. The pivot axis is perpendicular to the handlebar axis and spaced from the handlebar. The lever pivots between an idle and drive position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Michel Lefebvre, Richard Lefebvre, Jean-Sebastien Pard
  • Patent number: 10005521
    Abstract: A bicycle component operating device has a base member, an operating member, a positioning ratchet member, a pulling pawl, a positioning pawl, a release member and a releasing pawl. The positioning ratchet member is rotatably mounted to the base member. The pulling pawl rotates the positioning ratchet member in a first rotational direction in response to a pulling operation of the operating member. The positioning pawl prevents rotation of the positioning ratchet member in the second rotational direction while the positioning pawl is in a holding position. The positioning pawl releases the positioning ratchet member for rotation in the second rotational direction while the positioning pawl is in a releasing position. The releasing pawl moves the release member in response to a releasing operation of the operating member. The release member moves the positioning pawl from the holding position to the releasing position in response to the releasing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kentaro Miyazaki, Kazutaka Fukao, Tsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9937977
    Abstract: A bicycle operating system comprises a first operating device and a take-up device. The take-up device is configured to be provided in a tubular part of a bicycle body. The take-up device is configured to move a control cable configured to be connected to a bicycle component. The take-up device is operatively coupled to the first operating device via a first control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Kazutaka Fukao
  • Patent number: 9933110
    Abstract: Mounting apparatus is used for supporting an accessory device, e.g., a sensor, in a manner permitting adjustment. An accessory device-receiving mount is fixable to the accessory device and has at least one surface forming a cross-section permitting adjustment in at least one degree of freedom. A clamp ring engages the device-receiving mount at the surface, so that the cross-section permitting adjustment. A clamping mechanism selectively clamps the clamp ring and includes a manually threaded fastener and a lever-operated clamp tightener. The lever-operated clamp tightener acts on the manually threaded fastener to releasably tighten the clamping mechanism beyond that achieved by manually threading the manually threaded fastener, permitting manually threading the clamping arrangement at a maximum tension less than a full tension applied by the lever-operated clamp tightener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SICK, INC.
    Inventor: Christian Shepherd
  • Patent number: 9878088
    Abstract: The invention provides a medical intravenous support apparatus that facilitates patient mobility while reducing the likelihood of an accidental fall. The design incorporates improved features for bag support, tube management, cord management, patient steadiness, user-friendly braking, and electric power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Steven Mellard
  • Patent number: 9873483
    Abstract: A bicycle control device includes a housing member, a control lever member, a shift-operating mechanism and a hydraulic fluid pressure generator. The housing member has an attachment part for attachment to a handlebar, and a grip part extending longitudinally between first and second ends of the grip part. The control lever member pivots respect to the housing member. The shift-operating mechanism is coupled to a shifting device by a control cable. The hydraulic fluid pressure generator has a cylinder and a piston movably disposed within the cylinder to generate fluid pressure for controlling a braking device. The hydraulic fluid pressure generator has an output port that transmits hydraulic pressure generated in the cylinder to outside of the cylinder, and a hydraulic fluid channel coupled to the output port. A connecting part fluidly communicates with the output port through the hydraulic fluid channel, and is connected an external hydraulic hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Etsuyoshi Watarai, Osamu Kariyama, Tatsuya Matsushita, Masahiro Nakakura
  • Patent number: 9869340
    Abstract: A control cable actuation device designed to be attached to a handlebar-steered vehicle frame member for a cable assembly including a control cable slidably disposed within a control cable housing. The actuation device includes a cable adjuster attachable to the frame member and an actuation lever configured to displace one end of the control cable. The cable adjuster is configured to receive the control cable and to axially displace to slidably displace the cable within the cable housing under cable adjustment. The lever is rotatably attached to the cable adjuster about a first axis to slidably displace the cable within the cable housing under cable actuation. The lever is also configured to rotate about a second axis to axially displace the cable adjuster to slidably displace the cable within the cable housing under cable adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Shipman
  • Patent number: 9823681
    Abstract: An actuation device for bar-end bicycle gearshift comprises a mount adapted to be mounted to the end of handlebars facing forwards in the direction of travel. An actuation part is mounted on the mount in a neutral position with respect to the mount when no gearshifting is commanded. An adjuster is provided for adjusting the neutral position of the actuation part with respect to the mount. A cyclist can adjust the neutral position based on personal physical characteristics and preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventors: Maurizio Valle, Massimo Dal Pozzo
  • Patent number: 9797434
    Abstract: A shift operating device for a bicycle comprises a mounting member structured to be mounted to the bicycle, a cable coupling member coupled to the mounting member for moving a cable in a cable pulling direction and a cable releasing direction, a positioning unit that selectively maintains the cable coupling member in a plurality of operating positions, a first operating member that moves in a first direction and in a second direction different from the first direction, and a transmission unit that transmits movement of the first operating member to the positioning unit such that the cable coupling member moves from an origin operating position toward a destination operating position when the first operating member moves in either of both the first direction and the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kawakami, Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Patent number: 9771129
    Abstract: A bicycle control device is basically provided with a housing, a base member, a user operating member and a fixing member. The housing has an internal space. The base member is at least partially disposed in the internal space and pivotally arranged relative to the housing about a first axis. The user operating member is adjustably mounted to the base member and partially disposed in the internal space. The user operating member has a user contacting portion. The fixing member fixes the user operating member to the base member at one of at least a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMANO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Guang Sheng Elson Lim
  • Patent number: 9746872
    Abstract: An accelerator for small motor-vehicles allows an operator to control vehicle power output by flexing his or her index finger. The accelerator is designed for mounting on a handlebar but does not require a rotatable grip for operation. A lever is provided that rotates with applied force from the index finger, the lever rotating about an axis that is parallel or nearly parallel with the part of the handlebar that the hand rests on. A brake lever is also described that may be operated by the same hand that operates the accelerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Gordon Thielvoldt, Marvin Gordon Thielvoldt
  • Patent number: 9731788
    Abstract: A bicycle component fixing structure has a fixing nut that is configured to be coupled to a handlebar clamp and a fixing bolt. The fixing nut includes a threaded bore with an entrance opening and an exit opening. The threaded bore has a first axial length between the entrance and exit openings. The fixing nut defines a bolt shaft receiving space that is disposed adjacent the bolt exit opening. The fixing bolt includes a head and a shaft. The shaft has a non-threaded portion disposed between first and second threaded portions. The first threaded portion is disposed closer to the head of the fixing bolt than the second threaded portion. The first and second threaded portions threadedly engage the threaded bore of the fixing nut. The non-threaded portion has a second axial length that is greater than the first axial length of the threaded bore of the fixing nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Takeuchi, Yoshimitsu Miki, Shinya Hirotomi
  • Patent number: 9594393
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device is basically provided with a base member, a first operating member, a second operating member and an electric control unit. The base member is configured to be attached to a bicycle handlebar having a handlebar axis. The first operating member is supported on the base member such that the first operating member is configured to rotate about the handlebar axis while the base member is attached to the bicycle handlebar. The second operating member is supported on the base member such that the second operating member is configured to rotate about the handlebar axis while the base member is attached to the bicycle handlebar. The electric control unit generates a first signal and a second signal as the first operating member and the second operating member are operated respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kentaro Kosaka, Yoshimitsu Miki
  • Patent number: 9527566
    Abstract: A throttle device for personal watercraft includes a body portion having an arch shape with a central axis extending perpendicular to a top of the arch shape. A first arm extends from the body portion away from the central axis, where the first arm has a first arm end portion for engaging a throttle lever of the watercraft. A second arm extends from the body portion away from the central axis in a spaced-apart relation to the first arm, where the second arm has a second arm end portion for engaging a handgrip of the watercraft. The throttle device is resilient, thereby allowing the arms to be spread apart during installation and biased to return towards a resting position with a resiliency sufficient to maintain a hand-operable throttle lever of the personal watercraft in a desired throttle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Kelly J. Grillo
  • Patent number: 9506406
    Abstract: A throttle control device includes a throttle lever fixed to a throttle shaft which is arranged to open or close a valve of a carburetor, an elastically deformable tube having a first end connected to a connection point on the throttle lever, the connection point being spaced from a rotating center of the throttle lever, and an intermediary section fixed at a first fixing position spaced from the connection point by a predetermined distance, and a throttle wire slidably accommodated in the tube and having a first end fixed at a second fixing position, the second fixing position being disposed outside the tube and at a distance from the first end of the tube, and a second end arranged to be manipulated by means of a throttle control lever so that the throttle wire moves relative to the tube, wherein the tube has a curved portion between the connection point and the first fixing position, the curvature radius of which changes due to the movement of the throttle wire relative to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Takeshi Watanabe, Takashi Ohniwa