Single Rotatable Lever (e.g., For Bicycle Brake Or Derailleur) Patents (Class 74/502.2)
  • Patent number: 10351210
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, a first operating structure, a second operating structure, and a prevention member. The first operating structure comprises a first take-up member, a first operating member, and a first actuating member. The second operating structure comprises a second take-up member and a second operating member. The prevention member is configured to move together with the second operating member to prevent the first actuating member from actuating the first take-up member to move in at least one of a first pulling actuation direction and a first releasing actuation direction during a movement of the first operating member from a first rest position toward a first operated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Kentaro Miyazaki, Kazutaka Fukao
  • Patent number: 10293884
    Abstract: A control device may be configured so as to be integrated, or coupled, with a bicycle to control bicycle components. The control device may also be integrated with other control devices and system components to control bicycle components. The control device may interface with electromechanically controlled bicycle components so as to trigger an action when actuated. The control device may be dimensioned so as to have a mating surface contoured to matingly engage with a mounting surface of a bicycle, such as on a handlebar. The control, device may also be dimensioned so as to have a compact and/or concealed appearance aided by a low profile relative to the bicycle mounting surface selected for the control device. The control device may be configured such that the control device is protected from actuation from unintended or other user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Feuerstein, Andrew Schumacher, Joshua Brown
  • Patent number: 10259533
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device includes a base member, a positioning ratchet, a positioning member, a pulling member, a pulling pawl and first and second release members. The positioning ratchet pivots in first and second directions. The positioning member moves between a holding position that prevents pivoting of the positioning ratchet in the first direction, and a releasing position that releases the positioning ratchet in the first direction. The pulling member pivots the positioning ratchet in the second direction as the pulling member is moved by the pulling pawl. The first release member moves the positioning member from the holding position to the releasing position. The second release member moves the pulling pawl away from the pulling member. The second release member extends between opposite axial sides of the positioning ratchet. The first release member and the pulling member are positioned on opposite axial sides of the positioning ratchet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kazutaka Fukao
  • Patent number: 10207768
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device is provided with a support structure, a release member, a first operating member and a release pawl. The release member is pivotally supported on the support structure to pivot about a pivot axis between a first non-releasing position and a first releasing position. The first operating member is movably supported on the support structure between a rest position and an operated position. The release pawl is movably mounted on the first operating member. The release member includes a first abutment and a second abutment. The second abutment is circumferentially spaced from the first abutment with respect to the pivot axis. The release pawl is selectively arranged to engage one of the first and second abutments, and pivot the release member during movement of the first operating member from the rest position towards the operated position without engaging the other of the first and second abutments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kentaro Kosaka, Yoshimitsu Miki, Kazunori Okubo
  • Patent number: 10173746
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member and an operating member. The operating member includes an adapter, an operating lever, and an operating shaft. The adapter includes a center cross sectional area and a first cross sectional area. The center cross sectional area is defined on a center cross sectional plane perpendicular to the pivot axis. The first cross sectional area is defined on a first cross sectional plane perpendicular to the pivot axis. The first cross sectional area is offset from the center cross sectional area in a second direction parallel to the pivot axis. The first cross sectional area is larger than the center cross sectional area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Naoki Fujimoto, Kentaro Kosaka
  • Patent number: 10160515
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuation device for actuating the front derailleur of a bicycle, comprising a control pin, configured to be set in rotation by a control lever, rotatable about a rotation axis in a first angular direction between the first and last angular positions and in a second angular direction between the last and the first angular positions. A cable-winding bush rotates between the first and last winding positions. An indexer has a plurality of stop areas corresponding to angular positions between the first and the last angular positions. Elastic members makes the control pin form a unit with the cable-winding bush during rotations of the cable-winding bush between and among the various winding positions and to make the control pin rotatable with respect to the cable-winding bush between the last winding position of the cable-winding bush and the last angular position of the control pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CAMPAGNOLO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Marco Minto, Christian Marangon
  • Patent number: 10099747
    Abstract: A bicycle shift operating device is basically provided with a base member, a shift unit, an operating lever and a connecting member. The shift unit is disposed in the base member between first and second ends of the base member. The operating lever is pivotally mounted relative to the base member about first and second pivot axes. The connecting member operatively connects the shift unit to the first operating lever. The connecting member includes a lever contact portion that contacts the operating lever to transmit movement of the operating lever to the connecting member in response to pivotal movement of the operating lever about the second pivot axis. The connecting member is arranged such that the contact portion passes through a space provided between the first pivot axis and the first operating lever from the top surface side with respect to the first pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Fukao, Yoshimitsu Miki
  • Patent number: 10065702
    Abstract: A control device is configured to be installed on a handlebar of a bicycle and configured to operate a brake device on the bicycle. The control device basically includes a bicycle attachment member, a brake operating member and at least one of a wireless communication unit and a notification unit. The brake operating member is pivotally coupled to the attachment member to pivot about a first axis. The least one of the wireless communication unit and the notification unit is disposed on the brake operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Gao
  • Patent number: 10053181
    Abstract: A bicycle shift operating device is provided with a mounting bracket, a shift unit, an attachment member and an operating member. The shift unit is disposed in the mounting bracket. The attachment member is removably attached to the mounting bracket. The operating member is movably mounted on the attachment member. The operating member is mechanically coupled to the shift unit to operate the shift unit while the attachment member is attached to the mounting bracket, and the operating member is mechanically disengaged from the shift unit while the attachment member is removed from the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Fukao, Yoshimitsu Miki
  • Patent number: 10005513
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device includes a bicycle component positioning unit that basically includes a positioning structure and a maintaining member. The positioning structure is configured to be movable in a first direction and a second direction that is opposite the first direction. The maintaining member is configured to move between a first position that maintains the positioning structure in one of a plurality of predetermined positions and a second position that releases the positioning structure to move to another one of the predetermined positions. The maintaining member contacts the positioning structure. The positioning structure and the maintaining member are configured such that the maintaining member applies a rotating force on the positioning structure in the first direction as the maintaining member moves from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kentaro Kosaka, Yoshimitsu Miki, Kazunori Okubo
  • Patent number: 9944345
    Abstract: A bicycle control device is basically provided with a mounting part, a first actuating unit, a second actuating unit and a first operating member. The first actuating unit includes a first actuating member that is connected to a first component part and a first positioning mechanism that selectively maintains a position of the first actuating member with respect to the mounting member. The second actuating unit includes a second actuating member that is connected to a second component part and a second positioning mechanism that selectively maintains a position of the second actuating member with respect to the mounting member. The first operating member is operatively coupled to the first and second actuating units to operate the first actuating unit when the first operating member is moved in a first direction and to operate the second actuating unit when the first operating member is moved in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Shahana
  • Patent number: 9791002
    Abstract: A hold and release mechanism for holding and releasing a cable includes a toothed-disk arrangement coupled with the cable take-up device for rotating together about a first axis. The toothed-disk arrangement includes a plurality of teeth at an outer periphery of the toothed-disk arrangement. The plurality of teeth includes locking and safety teeth. The locking teeth are disposed in a first tooth plane orthogonal to the first axis. The safety teeth are disposed in a second tooth plane that is orthogonal to the first axis and offset relative to the first tooth plane. An adjustable locking pawl pivotably mounted about a second axis includes locking and safety catches. The locking catch engages with one of the locking teeth for holding the toothed-disk arrangement in a first rotational position. The safety catch engages with one of the safety teeth for holding the toothed-disk arrangement in a second rotational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SRAM Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Weiss
  • Patent number: 9650102
    Abstract: A collapsible control lever comprises an assembling member, a rotation seat, a first torsion spring, an handle, and a pivoting rod. One end of the rotation seat is pivoted to the assembling member. The first torsion spring is assembled between the assembling member and the rotation seat. One end of the handle has a ball socket. One end of the pivoting rod has a ball head which is passing through and pivoted to the ball socket and the other end thereof is passing through and assembled to the rotation seat to provide to be folded and rotated in multiple angles with an external force. It provides a multi-angle collapsible control lever to increase the ranges of bending and rotation. A single element is provided a three-dimension range to achieve the effects of collapsing and rotating and the structure is simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Flo Motorsports
    Inventor: Judy Wu
  • Patent number: 9592879
    Abstract: A shift positioning mechanism includes a take-up member movably arranged with respect to a fixed member in first and second directions. A stopping pawl has a stopping tooth and is rotatably mounted on a first rotational axis so as to move between a non-stop position and a stop position. A positioning pawl has a positioning tooth and is rotatably mounted on the first rotational axis so as to move between a non-holding position and a holding position. A releasing member is movably arranged between a non-releasing position and a releasing position so as to rotate the stopping pawl and the positioning pawl. The releasing member rotates the stopping pawl and the positioning pawl such that the stopping tooth moves from the non-stop position to the stop position prior to the positioning tooth moving from the holding position to the non-holding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Fukao, Yoshimitsu Miki
  • Patent number: 9434443
    Abstract: A cable operating mechanism basically comprises a fixed member, a wire takeup member, a single position maintaining abutment and a positioning member. The wire takeup member is movably mounted with respect to the fixed member. The single position maintaining abutment movably mounted with the wire takeup member. The positioning member is pivotally mounted with respect to the fixed member. The positioning member has a plurality of positioning abutments configured to engage the single position maintaining abutment such that the wire takeup member is positioned in one of a plurality of predetermined wire positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9394031
    Abstract: A bar end electric shifter is provided for bicycle. The bar end electric shifter has a base member, a brake lever and a shift operating member. The base member includes a handlebar mounting portion and a brake lever mounting portion. The handlebar mounting portion is configured to be fixedly mounted to a free end of a handlebar. The brake lever is pivotally disposed on the brake lever mounting portion about a brake pivot axis. The brake lever includes an elongated brake operating portion extending from the brake pivot axis and a proximal portion adjacent to the brake pivot axis. The shift operating member is disposed on the proximal portion of the brake lever to move therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kiwame Oku, Kazuhiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 9381971
    Abstract: An operating device for a bicycle that includes a fixing member that is adapted to be fixed to a bicycle handlebar and includes an adjustment portion, and a housing that includes first, second and third members. The first member and the second member define an adjustment space therebetween and the third member fixes the first member and the second member to each other without passing through the adjustment portion. The adjustment portion of the fixing member is at least partially received in the adjustment space such that the adjustment portion is adjustable relative to the housing in at least a first adjustment direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Yasuhisa Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9381975
    Abstract: A bicycle shift operating device is basically provided with a base member, a shift unit, a first operating lever, a second operating lever, a first biasing element and a second biasing element. The first operating lever operates the shift unit by pivoting about a first pivot axis between a rest position and a shifting position. The second operating lever operates the shift unit by pivoting about a second pivot axis on the first operating lever between a rest position and a shifting position. The first biasing element biases the first operating lever towards the first rest position to keep the first operating member at the first rest position. The second biasing element biases the first operating lever towards its rest position in response to independent movement of the second operating lever from its rest position to its shifting position while the first operating lever remains at its rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Fukao, Kazunori Ookubo
  • Patent number: 9267536
    Abstract: The integrated control device (1) for driving the control cable (20) of the derailleur and the brake cable (16) of a bicycle is provided. The device having a support body (4) connectable to the handlebar (2) and that can be gripped by the cyclist's hand, a cable-winding bush (19) about which the control cable (20) of the derailleur is wound/unwound and a first lever (9) rotatable with respect to the support body (4) about a first axis (X1) for actuating the brake cable (16) and rotatable about a second axis (X2) to drive the cable-winding bush (19) into rotation in a first direction of rotation (R2). An indexing mechanism (12) connected to the first lever (9) cooperates with the cable-winding bush (19) to define predetermined angular positions therefor. The support body (4) having a recess (25) for the passage of the control cable (20) of the derailleur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Dal PrĂ 
  • Patent number: 9260155
    Abstract: A bicycle shift lever having a lever member and a base member that can be combined with other commonly available parts to enable connection of the lever member and base member to the derailler on a bicycle so that it can enable a user of the bicycle to shift between gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Sue Knaup
  • Patent number: 9211936
    Abstract: A control device is configured to be installed on a handlebar of a bicycle and configured to operate a brake device on the bicycle. The control device basically includes a bicycle attachment member, a brake operating member and at least one of a wireless communication unit and a notification unit. The brake operating member is pivotally coupled to the attachment member to pivot about a first axis. The least one of the wireless communication unit and the notification unit is disposed on the brake operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Gao
  • Patent number: 9199688
    Abstract: A bicycle control device is provided with a main support shaft, a first control unit and a second control unit. Each of the control units includes a wire takeup element, a positioning structure and an operating member. The wire takeup elements are both rotatably mounted on the main support shaft. The positioning structures are operatively coupled to their respective wire takeup elements to selectively maintain their respective wire takeup elements in one of at least two positions. The operating members are operatively coupled to their respective positioning structure to change a current position of their respective wire takeup element. The first wire takeup element is stationary when the second operating member is operated to change the current position of the second wire takeup element such that the current position of the first wire takeup element always remains the same in response to operation of the second operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Shahana
  • Patent number: 9187150
    Abstract: A bicycle component control device includes a bracket, a hydraulic brake unit and either a mechanical shifting unit or electric control unit. The bracket has a gripping portion. The hydraulic brake unit is operatively mounted on the bracket and configured to operate a hydraulic brake device. The mechanical shifting unit or the electric control unit is operatively mounted on the bracket and configured to operate a bicycle device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Kazutaka Fukao, Kentaro Kosaka
  • Patent number: 9174697
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises an operating unit, a mounting member, and a positioning structure. The operating unit includes a first portion. The mounting member includes a second portion configured to be connected with the first portion of the operating unit. The positioning structure is configured to adjustably position the first portion with respect to the second portion in a first direction and a second direction. The positioning structure comprises an abutment member and a fixing member. The abutment member is arranged opposite to the first portion with respect to the second portion. The fixing member is configured to fix the second portion with respect to the first portion by sandwiching the second portion between the first portion and the abutment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Yasuhisa Watanabe, Kazutaka Fukao, Toshihiko Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9174700
    Abstract: A control device for a derailleur of a bicycle is described, comprising a support body, a cable-winding bush supported for rotation with respect to the support body, an indexer mechanism housed in the support body and suitable for controlling the angular position of the cable-winding bush, and a single manual actuation lever, the indexer mechanism comprising a toothed wheel integral in rotation with the cable-winding bush and having a first and a second plurality of slanting teeth, a first pawl integral with a driven arm of the lever and brought into thrusting engagement upon the first teeth while the lever is manually moved in a first direction beyond a predetermined rotation threshold, and a second pawl driven out of retention engagement with the second teeth by the driven arm of the lever while the lever is manually moved in the first direction up to the predetermined rotation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Dal Pra', Marco Caiazzo
  • Patent number: 9145183
    Abstract: An electric control device for a bicycle that includes a clamp member adapted to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar, a bracket member adjustably mounted to the clamp member, and a first electric user interface member operatively coupled to the bracket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Kentaro Kosaka, Yoshimitsu Miki
  • Patent number: 9132886
    Abstract: A shift operating device is basically provided with a bracket member, a support structure, a wire takeup member, a positioning mechanism, and a control member. The bracket member is mounted to a bicycle. The support structure is removably mounted to the bracket member. The wire takeup member is movably supported by the support structure. The positioning mechanism includes first and second positioning members supported by the support structure. The first positioning member integrally moves with the wire takeup member. The second positioning member engages the first positioning member such that the first positioning member has a plurality of operating positions. The control member has a first portion movably supported by the support structure inside the bracket member and a second portion disposed outside the bracket member. The control member is operatively coupled to the positioning mechanism for changing the operating position of the first positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Kususe, Yoshimitsu Miki, Shinji Kawamura, Tatsuya Matsushita, Takefumi Terada
  • Patent number: 9132887
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device includes a control member, two user operating members, a pivoting member and a transmission. The control member is rotated by actuation of the user operating members to control a control cable. The pivoting member pivots when one of the user operating members is actuated. The transmission includes a ratchet, a positioning tooth and a maintaining tooth. The ratchet includes first teeth engaged by the positioning tooth while the pivoting member is disposed at a first position, second teeth engaged by the maintaining tooth while the pivoting member is disposed at a second position, and third teeth engaged by a pawl when the other user operating member is operated. At least one of the teeth is arranged on a periphery of the ratchet and at least one of the teeth is arranged radially inside of the periphery of the ratchet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kawakami, Yoshimitsu Miki, Kazutaka Fukao, Takafumi Nishino
  • Patent number: 9085336
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device basically has a fixed member, a movable member, a positioning mechanism, a first pivoting member and a second pivoting member. The positioning mechanism is operatively arranged to selectively maintain the movable member in any one of a plurality of holding positions. The first pivoting member is pivotally mounted with respect to the fixed member to pivot about a first axis to operatively engage the positioning mechanism. The second pivoting member is pivotally mounted with respect to the fixed member to pivot about a second axis that is offset from the first axis. The second pivoting member includes first and second contacting parts for selectively contacting the first pivoting member at different radial positions causing the first pivoting member to pivot in response to pivotally movement of the second pivoting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9074535
    Abstract: Engine control assemblies for use with internal combustion engines, engines having such assemblies, and methods for operating such engines and assemblies are disclosed. In one example embodiment of an engine control assembly encompassed herein, the assembly includes a lever structure configured to rotate to any of a plurality of positions ranging from a first position to a second position. The assembly also includes at least one linking structure configured to allow rotational movement of the lever structure to influence at least indirectly an engine choking operation, where the at least one linking structure including a rod that includes a bend portion along its length, and the lever structure includes a formation with an orifice through which the rod extends. The rod and formation are configured so that at least some other rotational movement of the lever structure does not cause any corresponding movement of the choke actuation input structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Mark J. Huibregtse, Gary L. Stenz, Eric C. Simon
  • Patent number: 9073596
    Abstract: A bicycle shifter configured to be adjustable to accommodate a variety of sized hands. The shifter includes a housing, a cable spool for pulling and releasing a control cable, pull and cable release lever mechanisms and a clamp for mounting the shifter to a handlebar. The cable pull lever mechanism includes a cable pull lever and a driver element operatively connected to the cable spool. The release mechanism includes a cable release lever. The cable pull lever is attachable to the driver element at various orientations to vary the position of the cable pull lever relative to the cable release lever. The clamp is attachable to the shifter housing at different positions to vary the pull and cable release levers relative to the handgrip element on the handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: SRAM Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Scott McLaughlin, Martin Weiss, Robert Boehm
  • Patent number: 9056648
    Abstract: A bicycle component positioning device is provided with a support member, a positioning element, a position maintaining member, a winding element, a release member and a spring member. The winding element is movably between a winding position and a disengaging position. The release member is movably between a neutral position and a position releasing position. The spring member is arranged with respect to the support member to move the winding element from the winding position to the disengaging position in response to movement of the release member from the neutral position to the position releasing position and to return the release member to the neutral position after movement of the release member from the neutral position to the position releasing position. The spring member applies a biasing force to the release member without the biasing force being transmitted through the position maintaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20150135885
    Abstract: An end fitting device is provided for axially adjustable connection of an end portion of a motion transmitting cable to an actuating member. The end fitting device comprises a housing having a receiving space adapted for receiving the end portion of the cable via a cable entry; a connector member comprising a ball pin receiver adapted for engaging a ball pin, and having an engaged state and a disengaged state; a locking element adapted for locking the axial position of the cable end portion relative to the housing and being movable between a non-locking position and a locking position; and a force bridge connected to the locking element such that the locking element is displaced from its non-locking position to its locking position when an engaging force is applied to the end fitting device in order to bring the connector member into its engaged state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Tommi Christian SAARELA
  • Publication number: 20150135884
    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 dsitance 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: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Husqvarna AB
    Inventors: Takeshi Watanabe, Takashi Ohniwa
  • Patent number: 9027434
    Abstract: An actuator for pulling and releasing a bicycle control cable, including an actuator body including a hollow interior. A plunger is disposed in the hollow interior and is axially movable. The plunger includes at least one driving lug and at least one latching lug. A latching ring is rotatably disposed in the hollow interior, the rotation of which by the plunger lugs creates a cable pull and a cable release state of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Neeley
  • Patent number: 9027433
    Abstract: A control device for a bicycle, has a first body adapted to be associated with a bicycle handlebar, at least one control member of at least one bicycle component, and a second body, distinct from the first body, associated with the first body to increase a grip surface of the control device and/or to vary the relative position of the at least one control member with respect to the handlebar of the bicycle, so as to adapt the control device to the size of the cyclist's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Dal Pra'
  • Patent number: 9016163
    Abstract: A bicycle control device is basically provided with a base member, a release member, a shift operating lever and a release pawl. The release member is pivotally mounted relative to the base member about a pivot axis. The shift operating lever is pivotally mounted relative to the base member. The release pawl is movably mounted on the shift operating lever such that the release pawl is movable from a rest position in a direction away from the pivot axis to a release operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshimitsu Miki
  • Patent number: 9016164
    Abstract: A bicycle control device is provided that basically includes a support structure, a control unit, a first operating lever, a first gear and a second gear. The control unit is mounted on the support structure. The first operating lever is operatively connected to the control unit to operate the control unit. The first gear is rotatably mounted on the support structure about a first axis. The second gear is engaged with the first gear, and is rotatably mounted on the support structure about a second axis. The second gear includes indicia indicative of a plurality of states of a bicycle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong Liang Steve Tan
  • Publication number: 20150107400
    Abstract: A parking brake apparatus includes a base plate, a brake lever supported by the base plate, a pair of left and right brake actuating units, and left and right brake cables connecting between the brake lever and the left and right brake actuating units, respectively. The base plate has an elongated hole extended from a corresponding position to a cable connecting portion of the brake lever toward the outer cable holding portion, left and right inner cables of the pair of left and right brake cables are connected to a common inner cable by an equalizer, and the common inner cable is extended inside the elongated hole from the cable connecting portion toward the outer cable holding portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuma NOZAKI, Teruaki YAMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20150101445
    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: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: SHIMANO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Guang Sheng Elson LIM
  • Patent number: 8978511
    Abstract: A position control mechanism is provided for a bicycle control device that basically has a fixed member, a first positioning member and a second positioning member and an operating member. The fixed member includes a first tooth and a second tooth. The first positioning member includes a first positioning tooth selectively contacting the first tooth to prevent the first positioning member from moving in a first direction. The second positioning member includes a second positioning tooth selectively contacting the second tooth to prevent the second positioning member from moving in the first direction. The operating member is arranged relative to the first and second positioning members such that the first and second positioning members move relative to the fixed member and the first and second positioning teeth contact the first and second teeth alternately as the operating member is moved in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20150068355
    Abstract: A shifting structure for a bicycle is fixed on a handlebar of a bicycle to control a bicycle device and contains a clamping assembly, a rotary shift set, a height adjusting assembly, and a tightness adjusting set. The clamping assembly includes a first retainer, a second retainer, two hollow engaging portions, and a positioning bolt. The rotary shift set includes a rotating seat and a rotation member. The height adjusting assembly includes two retaining portions, each having a central axis line for matching with a central axis line of each engaging portion so that an angle ? is defined between the central axis line of each retaining portion and the central axis line of each engaging portion. The rotating seat has an abutting post, the tightness adjusting set includes a screwing element, a rotatable button, a fitting member, and a steel rope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Kind Shock Hi-Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: JUNG YU HSU
  • Patent number: 8967117
    Abstract: A throttle control assembly includes a cable lever, a switch assembly, a throttle control device, and a switch engagement surface. The cable lever is adapted for coupling to a throttle cable and is configured, upon receipt of a drive torque, to rotate. The switch assembly is coupled to the cable lever and includes a switch that is movable between a first position and a second position. The throttle control device has the switch engagement surface formed on a portion of its inner surface. The switch engagement surface is configured, upon rotation of the throttle control device, to selectively move the switch between the first position and the second position and selectively rotate the switch assembly to thereby supply the drive torque to the cable lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Niranjan Manjunath, Shakil Moonamkandy
  • Patent number: 8950287
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device is provided with a base member, a brake operating lever and a shift operating lever. The shift operating lever moves from a rest position in a second direction to perform a gear shift operation in response to operation of the shift operating lever by the user. The shift operating lever has a handlebar engagement portion that is moved by a handlebar of the bicycle relative to the brake operating lever in a third direction toward the brake operating lever to move closer to the brake operating lever when the brake operating lever is pivoted in the first direction by the user. The third direction is a non-shifting direction that is different from the first and second directions. The shift operating lever does not perform the gear shifting operation when moved in the third direction by the handlebar of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Patent number: 8931366
    Abstract: A lockable braking device comprises a controlling set having a cover fixed to a frame, a braking grip pivoted to the cover and partially protruded out of the cover, a connecting member pivoted to the cover and one end thereof being propelled by the braking grip, and a crank pivoted to the cover and being motivated by the braking grip. Whereby, the braking grip adjustably controls a braking state of a braking unit to attain a common stopping performance and a constant stopping effect. Accordingly, the structure of the braking device is simplified and the operation thereof is more easy and handy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Ching-Tsang Wu
  • Patent number: 8931365
    Abstract: A bicycle control device that includes a bracket configured to be mounted to a handlebar, a first lever pivotally mounted to the bracket and defining a first pivot axis, a second lever that includes a first user contact part pivotally mounted to the first lever that pivots about a second axis, and a first electrical switch mounted to one of the first lever and the second lever. The first electrical switch is operated in response to pivotal movement of the second lever about the second axis. The first pivot axis is positioned between the second pivot axis and the first user contact part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Fujii, Akinobu Uno, Takuro Jinbu
  • Patent number: 8925417
    Abstract: A bicycle transmission shifting device that includes a cable having a portion of the cable attached to a derailleur and also having another portion of the cable attached to a cable drum. Rotation of the cable drum in one direction pulls the cable to move the derailleur to move a bike chain in a first direction to change gears. Rotation of the cable drum in a second direction pulls or releases tension in the cable to move the derailleur to move the bike chain in a second direction to change gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Joel Evett
  • Patent number: 8881619
    Abstract: A bicycle control device includes a fixed member, an operating member, a rotatable member, a positioning member and a release member. The positioning member is movably to selectively hold the rotatable member in a plurality of predetermined positions. The release member is movably arranged between a non-releasing position and a releasing position, and moves the positioning member to release the rotatable member. Operating the operating member, the release member moves from the non-releasing position to the releasing position as the operating member moves from a rest position towards a first operated position. The release member moves from the releasing position to the non-releasing position as the operating member moves from the first operated position towards a second operated position. The release member moves from the non-releasing position to the releasing position as the operating member moves from the second operated position towards a third operated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Guang Sheng Elson Lim
  • Publication number: 20140326101
    Abstract: Disclosed therein is a cable pulling device used in a parking mode manually releasing device for an shift-by-wire type automatic transmission. The cable pulling device includes: a base; a lever connected rotatably relative to the base, the lever to which a cable is connected; a bar member; and a spring member. The spring member is arranged between the lever and the bar member and is provided to pressurize the bar member toward the base. The cable is pulled by standing up of the lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: KYUNG CHANG INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jonghee Han, Hosik Lee
  • Publication number: 20140318306
    Abstract: A bicycle component control apparatus is configured to control at least one bicycle component. The bicycle component control apparatus basically comprises a user operating device, an electric actuating unit and a hydraulic unit. The electric actuating unit is controlled in response to operation of the user operating device. The hydraulic unit is fluidly connected to the at least one bicycle component so as to fluidly control the at least one bicycle component in response to actuation of the electric actuating unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Toshio TETSUKA