US 1890755 A
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Dec. 13, 1932. .H. F. SHEPHERD 1,890,755
SCOOTER Filed April 22, 1932 12' ttonuy pear hereinafter.
end of the scooter illustrated in Figure 3.
Patented Dec. 13, 1932 UNITED, STATES HOWARD F. SHEPHERD, OF LOS ANGELES CALIFOBNIA sooorna Application filed April 22,
This invention relates to a scooter. Scooters are popularwith children as atoy vehicle, and are usually constructed with an elongated body supported on wheels upon which the child stands with one foot, using the other foot to propel himself along the pavement. The scooter is usually provided with a handle bar which is held by the child in keeping his equilibrium.
The general object of this invention is to produce a scooter of simple construction, which'will have means for applying a braking force at the will ofthe child, merely by exerting a force upon the handle-bar.
A further object of the invention is to improve the general construction of scooters with the idea of rendering the same inexpensive and durable.
Further objects of the invention will up The invention consists of novelparts and combinations of parts to be described hereinafter, all of which contribute to produce an eiiicient scooter.
A preferred embodiment of the invention is described in the following specification, while the broad scope of the invention is pointed out in the appended claims.
In the drawing Figure 1 is a side elevation of a scooter embodying my invention, and indicating in dotted lines the manner in which the scooter is controlled to apply the brake; in this view, the post of the handle-bar is indicated broken away;
Figure 2 is a plan of the scooter illustrated in Figure 1; I I
Figure 3 is a side elevation of the forward end of the scooter of my invention, and
illustrating another embodiment of the same;
in this View, the upper portion of the post is broken away; and
Figure 4 is a front elevation of the forward Before proceeding to a more detailed "descriptionof the invention, it should-be noted that in accordance with my invention, I con struct the body of the scooter of a resilient bar, or flat spring, which is mounted on wheels, and at the forward'end of. which the on the scooter.
193.2. ,sesn'meoessa s I s i post is attached that carriesthe handle-bar. According to myinvention, I connect the post with the spring bar, so that by exerting a force on the post, the spring. bar can be sprung in such a way as to apply the brake 5 to the pavement. V
Referring'more particularly to the parts, and, especially to-Figures 1 and 2, 1 indicates the body of a scooter, which is in the form of aflat bar, preferably'made of spring stee said bar being supported near its front and rear ends on rollers 2 mounted in suitable brackets-3 that are secured to the under side of the body. At about mid-way between the rollers, the upper sideof the body is provided with a footrest 4, the forward end of which is provided with an upwardly projecting cage 5 whichreceives the toe of the childs shoe to At the forwardend of the scooter, and preferably over the forward wheel bracket 3, 1 provide a post/6, which maybe secured in any suitable manner-to the spring bar 1. However, this connection is preferably such as will "cooperate'in imparting a'fiexin'g force to "the bar 1.v In order to produce an inexpensive and durable construction, which will i 'func'tion as described, I prefer to provide the bar 1 with "a forward extension 7, the forward end of which is bent upwardly to' form an inclined brace 8. At its upper end, this brace isv split and bentso. as to'fornr two forks Q thatlie on'opposite sides of thepost 6. These forks are attached to the post 'bya bolt orrivet l'q'which passes through them and through" the post. The post 6 is preferably formed of inexpensive tubing, the
lower end of which is secured: to a forked bracket 11 by athrough bolt 12. This brack- .et'll isirigidly secured to the'bar 1. In the present instance it is welded.
on he underside of he'b P "formed with-an inclined face 15 which ex itends forwardly. in upward direction. Thespringb'ar 1 is'sufiiciently'strongtosupgive the child a surefooting 70 7 child can readily applythe brake at will to port the weight of the childsbody without flexing sufiiciently to bring the lower face .16 of the brake shoein contact with the pavedoing this, considerable tension is developed in the brace 8 which pulls up the forward end of the extension 7, thereby causing a depression of the middle portion of the body, whichwill bring the brake shoein contact with'the pavement.
In the embodiment fiof the invention illustrated' in Figures 3 and-4, the brace 19'that 6 connects the forward endof ,the spring bar 20 to the post "21 is formed of two links which are attached toga-n eye 22 formed at the forward end of the spring bar 20 by means of a through bolt 28. The upper ends of the links that form the brace 19' areat- 'tached to the post 21 by a through bolt or rivet 24. The lower end of the post 21 may be attached'in a bracket 25 on the upper side 'ofthe spring bar 20 by means of a through In either of the embodiments of the scooter described above, it will be evident that the stop the scooter or reduceits speed. v i The bolts 14 that secure the brake block 13 are preferably counter-sunk so as to allow for considerable wearing awayof the brak in-g surface on the under sideofthe block. When the block wearsaway considerably, a new block can be attached in placer It is understood that the embodiment of the body downwardly between the wheels to same, a post attached to said body forwardly thereof, said body having an extension projecting forwardly beyond the post with means for connecting the same to the post, so that when the post is pulled rearwardly the forward end of the spring bar will be pulled u wardly and the spring bar between the whee s will be depressed, and a brake attached to the spring bar between the wheels to engage the pavement, whereby when the spring bar is depressed the brake is applied.
4. In a childs scooter to run on a pavement, the combination of a body in the form of a fiat spring bar, wheels for supporting the same, a post attached to said body forwardly thereof, said bar having an extension forward of the post with an upwardly turned brace connectedwith the post and operating when the post is pulled rearwardly to pull said extension upwardly and depress the spring bar between the wheels, and a brake attached to the body between the wheels for engaging the pavement, whereby When the spring bar is I depressed the brake is applied.
Signed at Los Angeles, California, this 13th day of April, 1932. HOWARD SHEPHERD.
the invention described herein is only one of themanyembodiments this invention may take, and I do not wish to be limited in the practice of my invention, nor in my claims, to: the particular embodiment set forth. l A
d-VVhatI claim is t 1. In a childs scooter to run on a pavement,
the combination of a body in the form of a resilient bar, wheels for supportingthe same,
a brake attached to'said' bar, a post attached to said body and extending upwardly to be seizedby thechildriding on the scooter, and
means connecting the post with said body for v pavement.
v 2, In a childs scooter to pavement,
the combination of a body in'theform of a resilient bar, wheels for supporting the same,
vfiexingthe body to apply the brake to the p i a foot'plate mounted on the body between the V 7 wheels, a brake attached tothe body between the wheels, a post attached to said body and.
extending upwardly therefrom, and means.
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