With Toe Or Shoe Clips Patents (Class 74/594.6)
  • Patent number: 10843769
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bicycle pedal (1) with a stop which is provided with a contact surface (14) with a groove (12) whose axis is parallel to the pedal (1) shaft (15) axis and the bicycle shoe stop is provided with a tongue (2), (31) corresponding to the groove (12). The tongue (2), (31) and groove (12) are preferably rectangular in shape. The shape of the contact surface (14) of the pedal (1) corresponds to the surface shape of the bicycle shoe sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Karel Hrsel, Ales Wenzel
  • Patent number: 10745080
    Abstract: A single-face clipless pedal structure includes a pedal body for a cleat to be disposed thereon. The axle portion of the pedal body is formed with a recessed stepped portion at the front end thereof The stepped portion is enclosed by a bottom wall and a lateral wall including a stopping face, a first and a second guiding faces at two ends of the stopping face. The first and the second guiding faces are arc concave-shaped. The cleat is formed with an abutting piece downward having an abutting face, a third and a fourth guiding faces at two ends of the abutting face. The abutting face abuts against the stopping face to prohibit the cleat from moving rearward and upward. The third and the fourth guiding faces correspond to the first and the second guiding faces respectively to facilitate the cleat to detach laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Chung-I Chen
  • Patent number: 10730583
    Abstract: A reconfigurable foot clip having a foot receiver having (i) a base with a foot abutment surface and a bicycle abutment surface on opposite sides of the base, and (ii) a center axis extending from a proximal end to a distal end of the foot receiver. The reconfigurable foot clip also includes a pair of sidewalls extending upward from the foot abutment surface, each of the pair of sidewalls have an uppermost perimeter portion extending toward another one of the pair of sidewalls. The reconfigurable foot clip also includes a fastening member (i) having a bicycle abutment wall extending downward from the bicycle abutment surface, and (ii) operable to secure the reconfigurable foot clip to a portion of a bicycle in one of a plurality of modes, each of the plurality of modes defined by an orientation of the foot clip and the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin Donahue
  • Patent number: 10710674
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal comprises a pedal axle, a main pedal body, a coupling mechanism and a cleat movement restricting member. The main pedal body is rotatably supported on the pedal axle. The coupling mechanism includes a first cleat securing member and a second cleat securing member. The first cleat securing member is configured to be coupled to a front portion of a cleat. The second cleat securing member is configured to be coupled a rear portion of the cleat. The cleat movement restricting member is configured to restrict movement of the cleat in at least one direction between a frontward direction and a rearward direction. The cleat movement restricting member is further configured and arranged relative to the coupling mechanism such that the cleat movement restricting member guides the cleat during a cleat disengagement operation in which the cleat detaches from the coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Inoue
  • Patent number: 10683056
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal structure includes a pedal body having an axle bore; an axle member axially passing through the pedal body and rotatably combined with the pedal body, with the connection portion of the axle member combined with a crank of a bicycle; and an end cap having a combination portion which is removably combined with another combination of the axle member. The combination bore of the end cap is allowed to be combined with a corresponding tool for driving the axle member to rotate. With such a removable end cap, the replacement of the end cap and pedal components is facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TIANJIN XUFENG SPORTS EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Chi Chen
  • Patent number: 10583892
    Abstract: A clipless bicycle pedal including an axle, connectable to a bicycle crank arm, and a locking mechanism, connected to the axle, suitable to engage/disengage a cleat assembly of a cycling shoe. The locking mechanism includes a sleeve, inserted along the axle, an inner loop and an outer loop, inserted along the sleeve and free to rotate around the sleeve, so that the inner loop is contained within the outer loop. The locking mechanism further includes a cam, included between the inner loop and the outer loop, suitable to hold the inner loop and the outer loop in an engagement configuration of the cleat assembly. The cam is also suitable to allow rotational movement of the inner, outer loops relative to each other, from the engagement configuration to a disengagement configuration of the cleat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: CRANK BROTHERS, INC.
    Inventors: Carl Winefordner, Frank Hermansen
  • Patent number: 10569830
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a pedal system having a pedal coupled to a main drive shaft having a locked mode where the pedal does not rotate relative to the main drive shaft and a released mode where the pedal can rotate relative to the main drive shaft. In the locked mode, rotation of the pedal relative to the main drive shaft is prevented by a plunger that engages the main drive shaft. In the released mode, rotation of the pedal relative to the main drive shaft is enabled by having the plunger disengage from the main drive shaft. The pedal system is switchable between the locked and released modes. When a user's foot or footwear is engaging the pedal, the pedal is placed in the released mode, and when the user's foot or footwear is disengaged from the pedal, the pedal is placed in the locked mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Vectus Sport
    Inventors: Gregory William Davis, Robert Edward Glaspie
  • Patent number: 10427753
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal strap front flange securing means to a front face of a pedal such as a nut and bolt fastener. A base extends forward and outbound from a top edge of the front flange. A diagonal strap extends from the front of the baselock to the axle. The diagonal strap has an inbound end with a hole that must be inserted around the axle before the axle is threaded onto the crank arm. A one piece plastic or rubber construction is included. A multi-piece leather embodiment is included. A dual diagonal strap embodiment is included. A buckle strap embodiment is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: James Patrick Monahan
  • Patent number: 10399633
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal comprises a pedal axle, a pedal body, a movable member, and an actuator. The pedal axle is configured to be secured to a crank arm having a longitudinal axis extending from a rotational axis to a crank rotational axis of the crank arm. The pedal body is rotatably coupled to the pedal axle about the rotational axis. The pedal body has a reference axis perpendicular to the rotational axis of the pedal axle. The movable member is movable relative to the pedal body from a rest position toward an actuated position. The actuator is configured to move the movable member from the rest position toward the actuated position in response to a first relative angle defined between the reference axis and the longitudinal axis of the crank aim when viewed in an axial direction parallel to the rotational axis of the pedal axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Akira Inoue, Takuro Yamane
  • Patent number: 10398192
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention comprise devices, systems, components, and methods for use with bicycle pedals. For example, implementations of the invention provide a bicycle pedal system that efficiently and easily allows a cyclist to securely engage an engagement assembly located on the spindle with a cleat. In particular, implementations of the present invention provide an engagement assembly with a first and a second grabber. The first grabber and second grabber are easily guided to come into contact with protrusions located on the cleat such that the engagement assembly securely engages the cleat, thus allowing a cyclist to take advantage of both down-strokes and up-strokes, while at the same time providing an easy and efficient way for the cyclist to engage the pedals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Samuel R. Hunter
  • Patent number: 10214264
    Abstract: A foot clamping and locking mechanism with an auto-release for releasably securing a user's foot to a pedal may include a pedal comprising a pedal base having a top plate; an arm extending from the pedal; a cuff attached to the arm, the cuff sized to wrap over top of a user's foot; and a trigger extending upward from the top plate, the trigger operatively attached to the arm such that, when the user steps on the trigger, the arm causes the cuff to lock down onto the user's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Vectus Sport
    Inventors: Greg William Davis, Robert E. Glaspie
  • Patent number: 9969460
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal includes a body having a fixed member, a movable member, a resilient unit and a link respectively connected to each of a first face and a second face thereof. The link and the resilient unit are respectively located on inside of the movable member. The link contacts the movable member. When the cleat of a bicycle shoe pushes the movable member and the link away from the body, the push end of the link swings away from the body and pushes the cleat to disengage from the peal. The link has a restriction portion located corresponding to outside of the end piece. The restriction portion extends from the link and toward the end piece to prevent the bolt from dropping from the end piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Wellgo Pedal's Corp.
    Inventor: Chung-I Chen
  • Patent number: 9751588
    Abstract: A pedal assembly includes an axle and a pedal. The pedal has a passage defined therein, and a shoulder is defined in the inner periphery of the passage. An engaging member is engaged with the passage and the axle rotatably extends through the engaging member. The engaging member has multiple pawls which are engaged with the shoulder to connect the pedal and the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Wellgo Pedal's Corp.
    Inventor: Chung-I Chen
  • Patent number: 9656720
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal is provided with a pedal body having a front cleat retainer and a rear cleat retainer. The rear cleat retainer is pivotally coupled to the pedal body about a rear pivot axis. The front cleat retainer has a forward cleat stopping point facing towards the rear end of the pedal body. The rear cleat retainer has a rear cleat step-in point facing away from the pedal body. The forward and rear cleat stopping points and the rear pivot axis define a triangle with a first side interconnecting the forward and rear cleat stopping points, a second side interconnecting the rear cleat step-in point and the rear pivot axis, and a third side interconnecting the forward cleat stopping point and the rear pivot axis, with an interior angle of ninety degrees or less between the first and second sides of the triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kimitaka Takahama, Nobuyuki Kakinoki, Akira Inoue, Shinpei Okajima
  • Patent number: 9616965
    Abstract: An automatic pedal for bicycles comprising a main body provided with means for its pivoting along an axis to a pedal crank, the main body comprising a compartment arranged to abuttingly house a first portion of a cleat associated with a shoe of a cyclist, and a coupling element pivoted to the main body and spring loaded, adapted to cooperate with a second portion of said cleat to removable fix, together with said compartment, the cleat to the main body, in which said compartment comprises at least one first and one second seat arranged to alternatively abuttingly receive said first portion of the cleat, the first seat being closer to the axis of said pivotal means than the second seat, such that the cyclist is able to choose where to abuttingly position the cleat, hence adjusting the position of the shoe relative to the pivotal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Angelo Morelli
  • Patent number: 9545972
    Abstract: An adjustable magnetic binding system used for attaching a shoe to a bicycle pedal. The magnetic element is integrated into the bicycle pedal in such a manner as to exert attractive forces to the shoe, which contains a shoe piece. The pedal may contain a variety of differently shaped, sized, or number of magnets, which may be retained within the pedal by a protective layer of material. These variables can be easily modified to suit the rider's skill level and desired attractive force to the pedal. The shoe is further secured onto the pedal by means of a retaining system. The shoe is readily removed by the rider with a natural rotation of the foot, which breaks the attractive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: David Delon Williams
  • Patent number: 9499231
    Abstract: Pedal and cleat assemblies are described. The pedal has first and second retainers biased to an engagement position for coupling the cleat. The cleat comprises first and second portions configured to be secured by the first and second retainers. The second portion has first and second urging surfaces. Either one or both of the first and second retainers is/are urged to permit the first and second portions to be secured by the first and second retainers. Either one or both of the first and second retainers is/are urged to permit the secured second portion to be released from the second retainer when a force or contact is applied by the second urging surface onto a lateral surface of the second retainer. At least one of the second urging surface and the lateral surface of the second retainer is made of a material having a measure of hardness that is greater than hardened steel. Preferably, the material is a carbide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Speedplay, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Patent number: 9340248
    Abstract: A restraint is configured to restrain a rider's footwear to a motorcycle footpeg along at least a nearly vertical first axis. The footpeg extends away from the motorcycle along a second axis. The restraint is based upon a combination of a hook and a clasp. The restraint can be engaged by linearly moving the footwear alternatively along either of two axes including the first axis, and a third axis that is mutually perpendicular to the first and second axes. The restraint may also be disengaged by linearly moving the footwear along the third axis. The third axis generally passes from the heel to toe of the footwear. Moving the footwear in a backward direction (toe to heel direction) engages the restraint; moving the footwear in a forward direction (heel to toe direction) disengages the restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: EVOLUTION RACING PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Steven G. Zoumaras, John J. Emerson, Ryan Ragland
  • Patent number: 9199692
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal is provided to be releasably secured to a cleat that is attached to a sole of a cyclist's shoe. The pedal includes a spindle, a pedal body mounted for rotation on the spindle and a measuring device. The pedal body has front and rear engaging portions which releasably engage with respective front and rear lips of the cleat when the pedal is secured to the cleat. The measuring device is disposed in the pedal body and includes a sensor configured to detect the tightness between the pedal body and the cleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: WELLGO PEDAL'S CORP.
    Inventors: Chung-I Chen, Chih-Hsiang Shen
  • Patent number: 9174701
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal with automatic attachment and detachment, the pedal having a body (2) rotating on a spindle (3) with a front stop (4) suitable for engaging with a mating stop surface (5) located on a cleat (6) fixed to the sole of the shoe of the user, and a retaining member (9) rotating about a hinge axis parallel to the pedal axis and able to be applied by an elastic return to the cleat to lock the cleat to the pedal. The elastic return means comprises a flexing element (B, 18), one end of which is housed in the pedal body, and the other end of which bears against the retaining member (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: TIME SPORT INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Hervé Servignat, Jean-François De Bast
  • Patent number: 9145187
    Abstract: A removable pedal positioner to engage a crank arm and a pedal of a bicycle to position the pedal in a generally horizontal position. One embodiment comprises a bridge, at least one prong, and a mounting post. The mounting post engages the crank arm while the at least one prong extends past the crank arm to position the pedal in a generally horizontal position. In other embodiments, the positioner utilizes a flexible clamp to secure the positioner to the crank arm thereby positioning the pedal in a generally horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Ryan Kelley
  • Patent number: 9114847
    Abstract: A clipless pedal device (1) for securing a first securing arrangement provided on the pedal with a second securing arrangement fixed under the sole of the cycling shoe, includes an attachment arrangement (8). The attachment arrangement (8) includes at least one moving part that is prestressed into the attachment position by an elastic element (5a, 5b). The elastic element (5a, 5b) includes a straight oblong part constituting a torsionally (T) stressed element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: LOOK CYCLE INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Damien Cizeron, Julien Bouchez
  • Patent number: 9095189
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions based on a copolymer comprising homo- or copolyamide polyamide blocks (PA blocks), with the exclusion of completely aromatic PA blocks, and polyether blocks comprising: a) 500 to 10 000 ppm of at least one phenolic antioxidant; b) 0 to 5000 ppm of at least one antioxidant based on phosphorus or based on sulphur; c) 0 to 5000 ppm of at least one UV absorber; d) 200 to 3000 ppm of at least one methylated hindered amine light stabilizer or HALS and/or 200 to 1300 ppm of at least one nonmethylated HALS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: ARKEMA FRANCE
    Inventor: Frederic Malet
  • Patent number: 9090309
    Abstract: A retention and release mechanism for use on clipless bicycle pedals employed to achieve a mechanical advantage in the retention and release of shoe clip adapters and toe clips and other adapters. A preferred embodiment of the mechanism fits within existing clipless pedals, thus replacing existing rear retainers, and comprises a means by which it is affixed to the clipless pedal, a cleat retaining formation, a spring actuator and a specialized rearward extending spar. The cleat retaining formation has a special surface which facilitates entering a clip adapter or toe clip into retention mode. Release mode is effectuated by pressure on the spar which then engages the spring actuator to open the cleat retaining formation. The mechanism may be used on any type of clipless pedal and with any type of cleat adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Swift
  • Patent number: 9072959
    Abstract: A binding for a sliding board includes a stationary part connected to the board, forming a rotating body, and provided with a retaining and fastening arrangement; and a moving part provided with an attachment and retaining arrangement for attaching and retaining same in relation to the retaining and fastening arrangement of the stationary part. The retaining and fastening arrangement of the stationary part are formed by peripherally arranged flanges separated from the board, as well as including portions with no flanges. The moving part includes a boot securing arrangement including a cavity, which can also rotate, provided with internal ridges, the cavity having a diameter approximately equal to that of the rotating body of the stationary part together with the flanges, such that the connection between the stationary part and the moving part takes the form of a bayonet coupling obtained by insertion and rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Juan Miguel Bernal Bascuñana
  • Patent number: 9056652
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal is provided with a pedal spindle, a pedal body, a first cleat engagement member and a positioning member. The pedal body is rotatably mounted on the pedal spindle. The cleat engagement member is movably mounted to the pedal body between a release position and an engagement position. The positioning member is movably coupled relative to the pedal body between a first position and a second position. The positioning member moves the first cleat engagement member to the release position while the positioning member is moving from the second position to the first position. The positioning member moves the first cleat engagement member to the engagement position while the positioning member is moving from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Inoue
  • Patent number: 9038502
    Abstract: A restraining system is configured to secure and release a rider's footwear to a vehicle footrest in response to inputs to a control interface. The vehicle is typically a motorcycle or bicycle. In the case of a motorcycle, a rider's boot is restrained to a motorcycle foot peg by the action of a restraining device. Exemplary restraining device embodiments include an electromagnet or a mechanical latch. The control interface may be located on the motorcycle handlebar or on the rider's helmet. The rider can provide the inputs directly to the control interface. Alternatively, the inputs may be received from a wireless source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Evolution Racing Products, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Zoumaras, John Emerson, Gustaf Belt, Daniel S. Kline, Adam Livingston, David Tyvoll
  • Patent number: 9021918
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal is provided with a pedal spindle, a pedal body, a cleat engagement member and an actuation member. The pedal body is rotatably mounted on the pedal spindle. The cleat engagement member is movably mounted relative to the pedal body between a release position and an engagement position. The cleat engagement member is biased towards the release position. The actuation member is mechanically connected to the cleat engagement member. The actuation member is movably mounted relative to the pedal body from a first position to a second position such that the actuation member moves the cleat engagement member from the release position to the engagement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Inoue
  • Publication number: 20150114173
    Abstract: An adjustable pedal for use with a clipless pedal includes a pedal body that includes a passage formed therein, a driving member that is mounted in the pedal body, a first cleat and a second cleat that are coupled to the driving member and are located in the passage for being engageable with and attachable to a clipless pedal. When the driving member is operated in a first state, the first cleat and the second cleat are driven in such a way that the first cleat and the second cleat are moved toward each other in the passage; and when the driving member is operated in a second state, the first cleat and the second cleat are driven in such a way that the first cleat and the second cleat are moved away from each other in the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Zernyu Chou
  • Patent number: 8931370
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal with automatic engagement and disengagement includes a body (2) rotatable on a pedal axle (3) with: a front abutment (4) cooperating with a conjugate abutment surface (5) provided on a cleat (6) fixed to the sole of a shoe; a retaining member (9) rotatable about a geometrical axis (A) parallel to that of the pedal, adapted to be pressed against the cleat by a flexing element (B, 15) to attach the cleat to the pedal, one end (15a) of the flexing element being immobilized against the body (2), the other end (15b) being in bearing engagement against the retaining member. The articulation axle of the retaining member (9) includes a rod (13) that extends transversely under the flexing element (B, 15), which is in bearing engagement on said articulation axle, the flexing element functioning in flexion at three points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Time Sport International
    Inventors: Hervé Servignat, Fabien Chappuis
  • Publication number: 20140311282
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal includes a pedal axle, a rotatable main pedal body, a first cleat securing member pivotally coupled about a first pivot axis between first and second positions, a sub member pivotally coupled to move about a second pivot axis, and at least a first biasing member disposed on the second pivot axis. The second pivot axis is farther from the pedal axle than the first pivot axis. The first biasing member is operatively disposed between the main pedal body and the first cleat securing member to bias the first cleat securing member toward the first position. The first cleat securing member and the sub member rotate together about the second pivot axis until the sub member abuts against the main pedal body, and the first cleat securing member subsequently rotates toward the second position about the first pivot axis independently from the sub member during a step-in operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Akira INOUE
  • Patent number: 8857292
    Abstract: An improved pedal/cleat assembly includes a cleat that can be releasably secured to a pedal assembly without the need to contact the sole of a rider's shoe. The cleat is configured to include forward and rearward projections, as well as inward and outward feet, and the pedal assembly is configured to include a spindle, a main pedal body mounted on the spindle, and a cleat support base mounted on the main pedal body. The cleat support base includes inward and outward pads configured to support the cleat's inward and outward feet, and it mounts forward and rearward cleat retainers configured to receive and secure the forward and rearward cleat projections. A spring-bias device yieldably biases the forward and rearward cleat retainers toward each other. The pedal/cleat assembly thereby is configured such that the cleat can be secured to the pedal assembly without the need to contact any portion of the shoe sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Speedplay, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Publication number: 20140259705
    Abstract: A pedal assembly for a velocipede is provided. The pedal assembly includes an axle, pedal body, a first drive pin and a first actuator. The axle includes a distal end and a proximal end. The axle defines a first cam groove. The proximal end is configured for releasable attachment to a crankshaft. The pedal body is rotatably coupled with the axle and is rotatable with respect to the axle about an axis. The axis resides in an imaginary plane. The first drive pin is movably coupled with the pedal and is movable between an inserted position and a withdrawn position. The first actuator is movably attached to the pedal body and is associated with the first drive pin. The first actuator is movable between a first position and a second position. An apparatus for determining a pedal configuration for a user is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Nikola Stevovich, David Pierson
  • Publication number: 20140260786
    Abstract: A pedal and cleat assembly comprises a pedal body having a first end and a second end, a first retainer mounted proximate the first end of the pedal body, and a second retainer mounted proximate the second end of the pedal body. The cleat assembly is configured to be releaseably coupled to the pedal assembly and comprises a cleat body having at least one coupling area, and at least one element shaped to be maintained within or disposed on the coupling area. The at least one coupling area is positioned at a forward or rearward end of the cleat body so that the at least one element can act as a cam surface against the first or second retainer. The at least one element is configured to rotate or articulate when maintained within or disposed on the coupling area to facilitate releasing the cleat assembly from the pedal assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Speedplay, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Publication number: 20140260785
    Abstract: Pedal and cleat assemblies are described. The pedal has first and second retainers biased to an engagement position for coupling the cleat. The cleat comprises first and second portions configured to be secured by the first and second retainers. The second portion has first and second urging surfaces. Either one or both of the first and second retainers is/are urged to permit the first and second portions to be secured by the first and second retainers. Either one or both of the first and second retainers is/are urged to permit the secured second portion to be released from the second retainer when a force or contact is applied by the second urging surface onto a lateral surface of the second retainer. At least one of the second urging surface and the lateral surface of the second retainer is made of a material having a measure of hardness that is greater than hardened steel. Preferably, the material is a carbide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Speedplay, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Publication number: 20140251079
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal is provided to be releasably secured to a cleat that is attached to a sole of a cyclist's shoe. The pedal includes a spindle, a pedal body mounted for rotation on the spindle and a measuring device. The pedal body has front and rear engaging portions which releasably engage with respective front and rear lips of the cleat when the pedal is secured to the cleat. The measuring device is disposed in the pedal body and includes a sensor configured to detect the tightness between the pedal body and the cleat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Chung-I Chen, Chih-Hsiang Shen
  • Publication number: 20140251078
    Abstract: A pedal and cleat system for cycling including a pedal having a post and a cleat having a post receiving element, the post receiving element of the cleat engages the post of the pedal to allow rotation of the cleat about the post to turn the crank arms of a cycle to propel the cycle's wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Willard I. Emerson, Neal Jay Beidleman, Peter G. Emerson, Jamie Emerson
  • Publication number: 20140224062
    Abstract: A pedal assembly includes a frame assembly that has a platform defined by platform halves pivotable relative to one another. The frame assembly includes an actuator, a sensor and a controller. A locking linkage is operatively connected to the actuator to hold the platform halves in a substantially planar position. A cleat engages the platform in the substantially planar position. The controller is configured to control the actuator and release the locking mechanism based upon a release condition being met.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: VP CONCEPTS LLC
    Inventors: LEONARD VIGLIOTTI, PAUL BERKEMEIER
  • Patent number: 8794106
    Abstract: A restraint is configured to restrain a rider's footwear to a motorcycle footpeg along at least a nearly vertical first axis. The footpeg extends away from the motorcycle along a second axis. The restraint is based upon a combination of a hook and a clasp. The restraint can be engaged by linearly moving the footwear alternatively along either of two axes including the first axis, and a third axis that is mutually perpendicular to the first and second axes. The restraint may also be disengaged by linearly moving the footwear along the third axis. The third axis generally passes from the heel to toe of the footwear. Moving the footwear in a backward direction (toe to heel direction) engages the restraint; moving the footwear in a forward direction (heel to toe direction) disengages the restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Evolution Racing Products, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Zoumaras, John Emerson, Ryan Ragland
  • Patent number: 8794105
    Abstract: A device for connecting a shoe to a part of a sports article such as a bicycle pedal, of the type in which the shoe and the pedal comprise attachment members of complementary shapes, wherein the attachment members of the sole are comprised at least partly of alternations of depressions recessed into the outer envelope surface of the sole. The outer envelope surface of the sole is raised upwards ahead of the region of the attachment members of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Mavic SAS
    Inventors: Gérald Delgorgue, Gilles Parquet
  • Patent number: 8762077
    Abstract: The invention provides a measurement device and method for measuring a cyclist's power output, in response to an external force provided by said cyclist applied to a bicycle, including a force sensor (13), characterised in that said force sensor is embedded in a bicycle cleat (11) bolted to the shoe (10). The invention further provides an accelerometer (14) for measuring a cyclist's power output. The inventive device and method provides a number of advantages over prior art solutions. The device of the invention means that the installation does not need any part of the bicycle to be replaced. The present invention does not restrict the type of components that may be used on the bicycle. Because the sensors are embedded in the cleat it is very simple to move the system to another bicycle. The invention also allows for detailed analysis of pedalling style, leading to improvements in efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Brim Brothers Limited
    Inventors: Barry Redmond, Ian Phillip Mellor
  • Patent number: 8752453
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal with automatic engagement and disengagement, including a body rotatably mounted on a pedal axle one side including a front hoop and a rear hoop, each hoop having two branches connected by a crossmember, at least one of the hoops being mounted to rotate about a geometrical axis parallel to that of the pedal and being spring-loaded toward the other hoop by spring means, the space between the hoops being adapted to receive and to clamp a cycling shoe cleat; the spring-loading means of the hoop are situated, in a direction orthogonal to the branches of the hoop, outside the space between the branches; the pedal body includes exterior arms spaced from the interior arms to form yokes having facing orifices in which two coaxial individual axles, respectively associated with each branch, are engaged and supported, and the individual axles composing the articulation axle of the rotary hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Time Sport International
    Inventors: Alain Plassiard, Jean-Francois De Bast
  • Patent number: 8720305
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal includes a pedal axle, a main pedal body, a first cleat securing member and a first biasing member. The main pedal body is rotatably supported on the pedal axle. The first cleat securing member is pivotally coupled relative to the main pedal body about a first pivot axis between a clamping position and a release position. The first biasing member biases the first cleat securing member toward the clamping position. The first biasing member is supported on the main pedal body at a distance farther from a center longitudinal axis of the pedal axle than the first pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Inoue
  • Patent number: 8714052
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal can include a pedal body configured to rotate about a spindle. The pedal can also include one or more bearing systems to reduce friction between the pedal body and the spindle. The spindle can act as the inner bearing race for one or more of the bearing systems. A bearing body can act as the outer bearing race for one or more of the bearing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason L. Chamberlain
  • Publication number: 20140116200
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal includes a pedal axle, a main pedal body, a first cleat securing member and a first biasing member. The main pedal body is rotatably supported on the pedal axle. The first cleat securing member is pivotally coupled relative to the main pedal body about a first pivot axis between a clamping position and a release position. The first biasing member biases the first cleat securing member toward the clamping position. The first biasing member is supported on the main pedal body at a distance farther from a center longitudinal axis of the pedal axle than the first pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Akira INOUE
  • Publication number: 20140076101
    Abstract: A novel bike shoe (and related methods of use and fabrication) and bike shoe/pedal system that allows the rider to either slide their foot in and out of the shoe while it remains attached to the pedal or mount/dismount from the pedal while wearing the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen C. McNeil
  • Patent number: 8667863
    Abstract: A foot cradle apparatus of a muscle training device is provided, having a foot cradle with a tread and a side wall at least partially limiting the tread, and a fixation unit for fixing a human foot in the foot cradle. A foot fixation unit that is simple to handle and has small dimensions and a low weight is created in that the fixation unit is formed as a lockable, pivotable bracket, whose pivot bearing has a pivot axis oriented substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the foot cradle and is provided in a compact bearing unit which is connected fixedly at least indirectly to the foot cradle and which is attached to an inner side wall, close to the inner side of a patient's foot, of the foot cradle and is connected fixedly to the tread via the inner side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: medica-Medizintechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Christian May
  • Publication number: 20140060244
    Abstract: The link plate includes fastening holes (14) under the sole of a cyclist's shoe, a front attachment member (5) suitable for cooperating with a front attachment member of an automatic cycle pedal, and a rear attachment member suitable for cooperating with a rear attachment member of the pedal to grip the plate between the front and rear attachment members of the pedal which bear against a front gripping surface (9) and a rear gripping surface (15, 15?) on the front (10), respectively rear (16), rim of the plate (1). At least one of the front and rear gripping surfaces is divided into a plurality of parts by a notch (21, 21?) extending through the entire thickness of the link plate, forming therein an opening for evacuating mud penetrating into an interstice formed between the sole of the shoe and the front (5) and rear (11) attachment members of the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: LOOK CYCLE INTERNATIONAL
    Inventor: Victor EGEA
  • Publication number: 20140060245
    Abstract: An automatic pedal for bicycles comprising a main body provided with means for its pivoting along an axis to a pedal crank, the main body comprising a compartment arranged to abuttingly house a first portion of a cleat associated with a shoe of a cyclist, and a coupling element pivoted to the main body and spring loaded, adapted to cooperate with a second portion of said cleat to removable fix, together with said compartment, the cleat to the main body, in which said compartment comprises at least one first and one second seat arranged to alternatively abuttingly receive said first portion of the cleat, the first seat being closer to the axis of said pivotal means than the second seat, such that the cyclist is able to choose where to abuttingly position the cleat, hence adjusting the position of the shoe relative to the pivotal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Angelo MORELLI
  • Patent number: 8661938
    Abstract: A pedal for a bicycle includes an axial rod, a pedal body and two fastening assemblies which are mounted on the pedal body. The pedal body is assembled to the axial rod and having an upper portion and a bottom portion, and a first locking member and a second locking member. The first locking member and the second locking member are both located between the upper portion and the bottom portion. The two fastening assemblies are assembled to the first locking member and the second locking member respectively. Under this arrangement, each fastening assembly is assembled to the pedal body directly rather than be assembled to a further pedal as the prior art, so that the pedal for a bicycle of the present invention is lighter than the conventional pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Chung-I Chen