US 20050093348 A1
01 The “BUTT-SAVER™” allows the bicycle seat to move by pivoting upon the top of the seat post from side to side, thus helping to prevent friction to a rider's inner thigh and crotch area. An adjustable spring determines the amount of tension for the side to side movement, depending on the strength of the rider or what the rider deems comfortable. A safety device is built in at nine degrees to prevent the seat from tilting or tipping too far to the left or to the right. The BUTT-SAVER'S unique design allows the bicycle rider's butt to be “as one” with the bicycle seat, thus helping to prevent or reduce the friction that can cause irritation to the inside of the upper thigh and crotch areas. The “BUTT-SAVER™” is available in various types and styles to accommodate the variety of manufactured bicycles.
01 Applicant claims the benefit of the Provisional Patent Application dated Oct. 20, 2003, filing number 60-515511. Applicant would like the date of this filing for invention to be Oct. 20, 2003. The title of this invention is “BUTT-SAVER”™
01 The invention relates to the field of bicycles and more particularly to the top of a bicycle seat post. International Class 12.
01 Historically, bicycle seat posts have been attached to a bicycle seat with a clamp, which creates a tight and non movable seat.
02 With a typical saddle seat in a clamped position, the bicycle rider's inner thighs and crotch rubs against the sides and top of the bicycle seat while pedaling.
03 This movement against the sides and top of the bicycle seat can cause friction which causes irritation to the inner thighs and crotch of most novice riders.
04 The problem of inner thigh and crotch irritation caused by an unmovable bicycle seat was addressed with the invention of an adjustable seat post assembly, (U.S. Pat. No. 5,649,738), a type of clamp that adjusts the bicycle seat from front to back. However, this invention still tightens to a fixed position once the bicycle seat is firmly clamped into the desired position.
05 The problem of inner thigh and crotch irritation caused by an unmovable seat was also addressed with the invention of spring mattress seat assembly (U.S. Pat. No. 6,443,524), two springs located in the back of the bicycle seat—one on each side.
06 In the case of paragraphs 04 and 05 above, bicycle riders still find themselves with a fixed position, non-movable seat that continues to cause friction and irritation to the inner thighs and crotch.
01 The “BUTT-SAVER” allows the bicycle seat to move by pivoting from side to side upon the top of the seat post, which helps to prevent friction on the inner thighs and crotch area suffered by many novice bicycle riders.
02 This unique design allows the bicycle rider's crotch and butt area to be “as one” with the top of the bicycle seat thus helping to prevent or reduce the friction that is present with the rigid and non moving type of bicycle seats.
03 The “BUTT-SAVER” helps to solve the age old problem that bicycle riders have endured—sore crotches and irritated inner thighs.
01 The present inventor will now describe more fully hereinafter with references to the accompanying drawings, in which preferred embodiments of the invention are shown. This invention may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the exact embodiments set forth in the present drawings.
02 The invention as shown on
03 Identification of individual parts of the invention as shown in
04 Also shown in
08 The nine degree angle is a safety feature of the invention, preventing the bicycle seat from pivoting too far to the right or to the left and dismounting the bicycle rider.
12 An adjusting screw ¾-16 UNF inch by ½ inch 5 is screwed into the two pre-drilled and tapped holes of the base (pivot block) 2 according to paragraph number 11, securing the springs 4.
13 The adjusting screws 5, are inserted according to paragraph number 12, also serves as an important method for adjusting the tension of the two springs 4.
14 This ability to adjust the tension to the springs 4 creates the ability to select the amount of tension on the upper post (tang) 1 and to the seat itself and is an important and critical part of the invention.
15 The bicycle seat becomes adjustable and is able to pivot from side to side creating a more comfortable ride.
16 With the spring 5 assembly completed, the base (pivoting block) 2 is ready to be pressed (attached) to the original seat post 7, as shown in
17 The fully assembled “BUTT-SAVER” is shown in
18 The seat post 7 can now be inserted into the bicycle seat post housing. (Not shown)