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Publication numberUS20020149945 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/835,724
Publication dateOct 17, 2002
Filing dateApr 16, 2001
Priority dateApr 16, 2001
Also published asEP1251065A2, EP1251065A3, US6454445
Publication number09835724, 835724, US 2002/0149945 A1, US 2002/149945 A1, US 20020149945 A1, US 20020149945A1, US 2002149945 A1, US 2002149945A1, US-A1-20020149945, US-A1-2002149945, US2002/0149945A1, US2002/149945A1, US20020149945 A1, US20020149945A1, US2002149945 A1, US2002149945A1
InventorsWu-Chung Jung, Shun-Ten Liaw
Original AssigneeShun-Ten Liaw, Wu-Chung Jung
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Self-illuminating pedal assembly
US 20020149945 A1
Abstract
A self-illuminating pedal assembly comprises a pedal axle, a pedal rotatably mounted around the pedal axle, a magnet securely mounted to the pedal axle, and a permanent-magnet coil securely mounted to the pedal to rotate therewith. At least one light-emitting diode is mounted to the pedal. The permanent-magnet coil is electrically connected to the light-emitting diode and surrounds the magnet. When pedaling, the permanent-magnet coil is rotated relative to the magnet to thereby generate an alternating magnetic field to cause illumination of the light-emitting diode.
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What is claimed is:
1. A self-illuminating pedal assembly comprising:
a pedal axle;
a pedal rotatably mounted around the pedal axle, at least one light-emitting means being mounted to the pedal;
a magnet securely mounted to the pedal axle; and
a permanent-magnet coil securely mounted to the pedal to rotate therewith, the permanent-magnet coil being electrically connected to said at least one light-emitting means, the permanent-magnet coil surrounding the magnet;
wherein when pedaling, the permanent-magnet coil being rotated relative to the magnet to thereby generate an alternating magnetic field to cause illumination of said at least one light-emitting means.
2. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein said at least one light-emitting means is a light-emitting diode.
3. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the magnet is a ring magnet securely mounted around the pedal axle.
4. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the pedal includes a compartment for securely receiving the permanent-magnet coil.
5. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 4, wherein an inner periphery defining the compartment includes at least one positioning groove, the permanent-magnet coil including at least one protrusion on an outer periphery thereof for engaging with said at least one positioning groove.
6. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the pedal includes a longitudinal through-hole through which the pedal axle extends.
7. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein the longitudinal through-hole includes two ends each having an enlarged receiving portion for receiving a bearing through which the pedal axle extends.
8. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 7, wherein the pedal includes a compartment for securely receiving the permanent-magnet coil.
9. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 8, wherein an inner periphery defining the compartment includes at least one positioning groove, the permanent-magnet coil including at least one protrusion on an outer periphery thereof for engaging with said at least one positioning groove.
10. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the pedal axle includes an end adapted to engage with a crank of a bicycle.
11. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 9, wherein the pedal axle includes an end adapted to engage with a crank of a bicycle.
12. The self-illuminating pedal assembly as claimed in claim 11, wherein the pedal axle further includes a flange, further comprising a cover mounted around the pedal axle, the cover having a side bearing against the flange and including a pair of holed ears, the pedal having two holed lugs, two screws being respectively extended through the holed ears and the holed lugs, thereby housing the permanent-magnet coil and the ring magnet.
Description
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0022] Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, a self-illuminating pedal assembly in accordance with the present invention generally includes a pedal 10, a generator 30, and a pedal axle 50. The pedal 10 includes a longitudinal through-hole 11 through which the pedal axle 50 extends, thereby rotatably mounting the pedal 10 around the pedal axle 50. The longitudinal through-hole 11 of the pedal 10 includes two ends each having an enlarged receiving portion 111 for receiving a bearing 20. Each bearing 20 includes a hole 21 through which the pedal axle 50 extends. A washer 54 and a nut 55 are attached to a threaded end 52 of the pedal axle 50 to prevent disengagement of the pedal assembly. The pedal 10 further includes a plurality of holes 14 in two opposite sides thereof, each hole 14 having a light-emitting diode 33 mounted therein.

[0023] The pedal 10 further includes a compartment 12 outside the longitudinal through-hole 11 yet communicated with the longitudinal through-hole 11. The generator 30 is received in the compartment 12 and includes a permanent-magnet coil 31 and a ring magnet 32 surrounded by the permanent-magnet coil 31. The permanent-magnet coil 31 includes a central hole 311 for receiving the ring magnet 32, which, in turn, includes a central hole 321 through which the pedal axle 50 extends. The permanent-magnet coil 31 is electrically connected to the light-emitting diodes 33 in the pedal 10. The permanent-magnet coil 31 includes a plurality of protrusions 312 on an outer periphery thereof for securely engaging with positioning grooves 121 in an inner periphery defining the compartment 12. Thus, the permanent-magnet coil 31 is securely attached to the pedal 10 to rotate therewith.

[0024] The other end 51 of the pedal axle 50 is also threaded for connection with a crank 61 (FIG. 6) of a bicycle 60. A flange 53 is formed on the pedal shaft 50. A cover 40 includes a central hole 42 so as to be mounted around the pedal axle 50. The cover 40 is retained in place by bearing against the flange 53 and includes two ears 41. A screw 43 is extended through a hole 411 in each ear 41 and a hole 131 of an associated lug 13 on the pedal 10. Thus, the cover 40 is attached to a side of the pedal 10 for housing the generator 30, best shown in FIG. 3.

[0025] The ring magnet 32 in FIG. 4 is still relative to the permanent-magnet coil 31. Referring to FIG. 5, when the ring magnet 32 is rotated relative to the permanent-magnet coil 31, an alternating magnetic field is generated, which, in turn, generates electric current. The light-emitting diodes 33 electrically connected to the permanent-magnet coil 31 illuminate accordingly. Referring to FIG. 6, in actual cycling, the pedal is turned relative to the pedal axle 50 during pedaling, the permanent-magnet coil 31 is thus rotated relative to the ring magnet 32. The light-emitting diodes 33 electrically connected to the permanent-magnet coil 31 illuminate accordingly.

[0026] According to the above description, it is appreciated that the light-emitting diodes 33 illuminate while pedaling, thereby providing an alarming effect. No batteries are required. In addition, the overall structure and assembly of the self-illuminating pedal assembly in accordance with the present invention are simple, and the cost therefor is low.

[0027] Although the invention has been explained in relation to its preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that many other possible modifications and variations can be made without departing from the scope of the invention as hereinafter claimed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0016]FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a self-illuminating pedal assembly in accordance with the present invention.

[0017]FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view of the self-illuminating pedal assembly in accordance with the present invention.

[0018]FIG. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view of the self-illuminating pedal assembly in accordance with the present invention.

[0019]FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along line 4-4 in FIG. 3.

[0020]FIG. 5 is a sectional view similar to FIG. 4, wherein a pedal axle of the self-illuminating pedal assembly is turned.

[0021]FIG. 6 is a schematic view of a bicycle equipped with the self-illuminating pedal assemblies in accordance with the present invention.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a self-illuminating pedal assembly and more particularly to a pedal having a plurality of light-emitting diodes mounted thereon for illumination while pedaling.

[0003] 2. Description of the Related Art

[0004] A bicycle pedal generally has two opposed retro-reflective plates mounted thereto for providing an alarm effect in the night. However, the reflective effect is not always good. Illuminating devices empowered by batteries have been proposed, yet additional cost is incurred and the used batteries require handling in order not to cause environmental problem. The present invention is intended to provide a self-illuminating pedal assembly that mitigates and/or obviates the above problems.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] It is the primary object of the present invention to provide a self-illuminating pedal assembly, wherein a plurality of light-emitting diodes mounted on a pedal illuminates while pedaling.

[0006] A self-illuminating pedal assembly comprises:

[0007] a pedal axle;

[0008] a pedal rotatably mounted around the pedal axle, at least one light-emitting means being mounted to the pedal;

[0009] a magnet securely mounted to the pedal axle; and

[0010] a permanent-magnet coil securely mounted to the pedal to rotate therewith, the permanent-magnet coil being electrically connected to said at least one light-emitting means, the permanent-magnet coil surrounding the magnet;

[0011] wherein when pedaling, the permanent-magnet coil being rotated relative to the magnet to thereby generate an alternating magnetic field to cause illumination of said at least one light-emitting means.

[0012] The light-emitting means may be a light-emitting diode and the magnet may be a ring magnet securely mounted around the pedal axle.

[0013] In an embodiment of the invention, the pedal includes a compartment for securely receiving the permanent-magnet coil. An inner periphery defining the compartment includes at least one positioning groove, and the permanent-magnet coil includes at least one protrusion on an outer periphery thereof for engaging with the positioning groove.

[0014] The pedal includes a longitudinal through-hole through which the pedal axle extends. The longitudinal through-hole includes two ends each having an enlarged receiving portion for receiving a bearing through which the pedal axle extends. The pedal axle includes an end adapted to engage with a crank of a bicycle. The pedal axle further includes a flange. A cover is mounted around the pedal axle and has a side bearing against the flange and includes a pair of holed ears. Two screws are respectively extended through the holed ears of the cover and two holed lugs of the pedal, thereby housing the permanent-magnet coil and the ring magnet.

[0015] Other objects, advantages, and novel features of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7159497 *Jan 25, 2002Jan 9, 2007Eastway Fair Company Ltd.Light beam alignment system
Classifications
U.S. Classification362/472, 362/192
International ClassificationB62J6/04
Cooperative ClassificationB62J6/04
European ClassificationB62J6/04
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Nov 16, 2010FPExpired due to failure to pay maintenance fee
Effective date: 20100924
Sep 24, 2010LAPSLapse for failure to pay maintenance fees
May 3, 2010REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
Mar 17, 2006FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4
Apr 16, 2001ASAssignment
Owner name: COBRA KING INDUSTRY CO., LTD., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:LIAW, SHUN-TEN;JUNG, WU-CHUNG;REEL/FRAME:011726/0621
Effective date: 20010406
Owner name: COBRA KING INDUSTRY CO., LTD. HSING HWA VILLAGE, M
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:LIAW, SHUN-TEN /AR;REEL/FRAME:011726/0621