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Publication numberUS2007852 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 9, 1935
Filing dateAug 8, 1932
Priority dateAug 8, 1932
Publication numberUS 2007852 A, US 2007852A, US-A-2007852, US2007852 A, US2007852A
InventorsFuller William D
Original AssigneeFuller William D
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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July 9,1935. W, D, FULLER wmwz EXERCISER Filed Aug. 8 1952 +3 uimmmsgm 3% MM y W Patented July 9, 1935 UNITED STATES 'P-ATLEN ot-Fr es a fum V v V .EXEBClSER p William 1). F ra, s ri gfielagolii j V ppuc ub August 8.1932,Swam -621,888, 12Claims. (o1, zit- 52) This inventionrelates to an "exercising device especially adapted for use of children,;andmore particularly tora. spring tensioned. oscillating; carrierjorseat. to be propelled'tozand fro by swaying motion of the body of the occupant. Toafforjd attractive appearance and to hold the interest of children: the *carrierorseat is-provided with a facsimile horse head, 'thus producing a" familiar -hobby'horseeffect, although it is to be understood thatflother figures or shapes may be substituted for the-horse-head design, or that [such feature maybe-entirely omitted especially'upon devices ofilarger-size adapted-for older persons, and that/,1thEBBfOI'GybhG present invention is not limited to the particular design illustrated.

The object ofthe invention isto; provide an exercising device of simplegcharacter and construction, capable of being economically manufactured, possessing uniform to; and fro motion easily actuated but requiring therefor beneficial muscular effort of the operator, of pleasing "appearaneeyand :unlikelyto. get outof repair. r

,;A further object of theiinvention' is to provide a construction. affording arelatively-long low to and. fro curvilinear motion-against a :yielding resistance, first in one direction and then in the other. a

.Afurtherobject of the invention-is to. provide .at fixed guiding meansforthetraveling carrier .or seatiuponwhichthe carrier or seat rolls first in one direction and then .in the other. t .Afurther. object of the invention is to provide improved yield-ingresistance to the toiandffro motion,. and to provide .tfor varying. the tension andreaction effect of such yielding resistant devices. v v V i V A. further object ofthe inventionis to provide vacurvilinear track having .a radius somewhat greater than the height of the track above the floor ,and to provide retractive tension springs yieldinglyf resisting the to and fro movement of thecarrier; or seat upon such track. Affnrther objiectpf the invention is to provide ahobby horsetype of "device substantial-ly as "shown and. described. V

.With therabove primary and 7 other incidental ob c s i vi w as wi r f appear i t e specification, the invention c'onsistsof the'ifeaa I tnrjes of constructionythe;parts and combinations therepi andfthe" mode of operatiom or their je quiv'alenits, gas hereinafter described and set .fcrtlrin thef c'laims. g] Referring to the tdrawing;;wherein is shown the n e rrefiibe i bri uslrne "n e sary th only form of embodiment of the invention;- Fig; 1 is a perspective view .of--the assembled exercising as vice, forming the. subject :matter hereof. Fig. -2 is a side elevation partiygin section, illustrating the relative proportions of the-parts and 'showing by solid lines the-seat-orcarrier in itsmedial or normal position; and by: dotted lines the carr'ieraactuated tojgone limit :of its path pf-travel against the tension of the-retracting spring. Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional viewon'line 3+;-:;3;,of Fig.2. i m

Like parts. are indicated by similar characters of reference throughout the several views Referring to .the drawing, [is a base orplatthe floor, these terminalrests .or supports.. 2..are 7 preferably, though not hecessarilmprovided with rubber. feet orbuttons on their under side. .EX- tending from end,to-.,er1'd of-the base and. connected thereto; at their extremities are, two par}- allel curvilinear rods.;3-3. disposed .in'. laterally spaced relation. and. affording an arcuatetra k upon whichv theseator carrier reciprocates' vto and. fro. While the, track rods 3, which areflri'gid or. unyielding, are shown in, the drawing .as comprising segments of. regular. or uniform, curvature, these curvilinear track rods .may be, variously shaped, or! the curvature thereof may be lirllll'liform to give different eifect. The. rigid track rods 3, as illustrated, fare pv fQ ortioned to aiford a broad low arch, .the radius of which is of somewhat greater extent than the height of such arch above the base I. i

Mounted ,upon the archshaped track members 3 for to and fro traveling motion is a seat or carrierjd having dependent side or skirt portions 5 which form, in effect, an invertedbox. Mounted interiorly of the carrier beneath the seat 41 and adjacent to the forward and rear endsthereof, are transverse shafts Qcarrying grooved'rol lers 1 engaging and traveling upon the" parallel track rods 3. At the forward end the dependent side member or skirt portionfidsextended downwardly and; forwardly into parallel} arms "'ld which any a. transverse rod 8 forming foot rests atoppo'site sides of the device. A facsimile horse head 9 or othersuitablefigure ismounted at the forward end of the seat or carrier andis provided a transverse :rod IU forming handle :bars to be grasped by the operator.

Located medially upon theplatform'or' balsef l' beneath' the arcua-te track bars "3' is vertically disposed plate or attachment bracket i2 having therein a series of spaced holes or notches l3 for the engagement of a pair of helical retractile springs I 4, the opposite ends of which are connected respectively with the transverse shaft 6 of the carrier. The springs M are divergently disposed relative to each other and to the perpendicular. By engaging the lower ends of the springs M in different holes or notches 13 of the attachment bracket I 2, the relation of the springs to each other andto the traveling carrier may be varied thereby varying the resistance and their retractive action.

The operator, sitting upon the seat 4 with his feet resting upon the transverse foot rests 8, by swinging his body to and fro and thereby overbalancing the device first in one direction and then in the other, causes the carrier or seat to roll to and fro upon the track rods 3. The carrier is held to the rods 3 in its travel movement by the retractive springs l4 which are thereby placed under tension. The springs are alternately tensioned unequally. The curvature of the rods '3 is such that as the carrier or seat travels forwardly and downwardly, the forward spring is subjected to greater tensioning strain than the rear spring, and upon reverse movement, as the seat or carrier travels downwardly and rearwardly, the rearmost spring is subjected to the greater tension. The retractive movement of the springs materially assists in returning the carrier or seat upwardly upon the arch shaped track rods 3 to its normal elevated medial position, beyond which the momentum will carry the operator and seat in a continued downward movement, first in one direction and then in the other. The movement of the carrier 4 with respect to the support may be referred to as a gliding movement wherein the carrier travels through a path substantially parallel to the curvature of the tracks.

While various methods of securing the arcuate track rods to the platform or base may be utilized, as a simple and economical method of attachment, the ends of the rods are screw threaded and passed vertically through the base or plat form I and preferably also through the transverse outrider members 2 and are secured by spaced nuts upon such threaded portions at opposite sides of the base or platform.

As before mentioned, the device may be constructed in various sizes, the shape of the arcuate track rods 3 may be varied, and the horse head design may be entirely omitted or other designs of standard to carry the handle bar may be substituted.

From the above description it will be apparent that there is thus provided a device of the character described possessing the particular features of advantage before enumerated as desirable, but which obviously is susceptible of modification in its form, proportions, detail construction and arrangement of parts without departing from the principle involved or sacrificing any of its advantages.

While in order to comply with the statute, the invention has been described in language more or less specific as to structural features, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the specific features shown, but that the means and construction herein disclosed comprise the preferred form of several modes of putting the in vention into effect, and the invention is therefore claimed in any of its forms or modifications within the legitimate and valid scope of. the ppended claims.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. In a device of the character described, a support including a vertically disposed convex guide track of substantially uniform curvature, a carrier having rollers mounted thereon engaging said guide tracks for to and fro gliding motion up and down the opposite sides of the convex guide alternately, retractile tensioned springs spaced apart in tandem relation in the direction of travel of the carrier interconnecting the carrier with the support in approximate relation with the vertical radius of the convex guide track and subject to to and fro swinging motion in unison with the travel of the carrier, said springs being simultaneously tensioned by the movement of the carrier in each direction.

2. In a device of the character described, a support vertically disposed convex tracks, a traveling carrier mounted above the tracks for to and fro gliding motion, springs swingingly mounted at approximately mid length of the range of movement in tandem relation relative to the direction of travel of the carrier, each yieldingly resisting the movement of the carrier in each direction to different degree and swinging to and fro in unison with the motion thereof.

3. In a device of the character described, a support including a vertically disposed rigid curvilinear track of uniform convex contour and comprising substantially a segment of a circle, a seat mounted thereon for travel motion to and fro past the crown of the convex track and down the opposite side thereof alternately, and a pair of upwardly divergently disposed tensioned springs arranged in tandem relation in the direction of the travel motion and fixedly attached at one end beneath the track and attached in more widely spaced relation at their opposite ends to the carrier against the yielding resistance of which the carrier is movable first in one direction and then in the other, said springs being subject to swinging motion in unison with the to and fro movement of the seat and simultaneously tensioned to different degree by the movement of the seat in each direction, the relative tension of the springs being reversed at each alternation of the direction of movement of the seat.

4. In a device of the character described, a support including an arch shaped track, a carrier mounted upon the convex side of the track for to and fro gliding motion thereon, said carrier including handle bars and a foot rest, a pair of helical tension springs disposed in spaced relation aligned with the direction of travel of the carrier adjustably secured at one end of each beneath the track for adjustment in the direction of travel of the carrier, the other end of each of the springs being attached to the carrier, and the advance spring in the direction of advancement exerting retractive movement on the carrier as it approaches the extremity of its path of travel.

5. In a device of the character described, a support including an upright arch shaped continuous track, a carrier mounted upon the convex side of the track for to and fro gliding motion thereon, said carrier including handle bars and a foot rest, a pair of divergently disposed helical tension springsdisposed in. tandem relation in the direction of movement of the carrier adjustably secured beneath the track for adjustment in the direction of the path of travel of the carrier independently of each other, the opposite ends of the springs being attached to the carrier and simultaneously exerting unequal retractive ten- 75 sion thereon as the carrier approaches the limit of its travel first in one direction and then in the other.

6. In a device of the character described, a support including an upright convex track, a carrier mounted for to and fro gliding motion thereon, a longitudinally disposed attachment bracket on said support, and a pair of helical tension springs disposed in tandem spaced relation aligned with the direction of travel motion of the carrier secured at one end to the carrier and having their opposite ends adjustably engaged with the bracket in spaced upwardly diverging relation with each other and simultaneously tensioned to unequal degree by the movement of the carrier whereby the advance spring-in the direction of movement will exert the greater retractive movement upon the carrier.

7. In a device of the character described, a support including a pair of parallel upright arch shaped rigid track members, a carrier including handle bars and a foot rest, rollers mounted upon the carrier and engaging the convex side of the parallel rigid track members for to and fro gliding motion, and springs simultaneously yieldingly resisting the movement of the carrier differentially as it approaches the limits of its range of travel in each direction, said springs being mounted for swinging motion to and fro past vertical position in unisonwith the reciprocatory movement of the carrier.

8. In a device of the character described, a support including a pair of parallel upright arch shaped rigid track members, a carrier including handle bars and a foot rest, rollers mounted upon the carrier and engaging the convex side of the parallel rigid track members for to and fro gliding motion, and a pair of resilient retracting members simultaneously tensioned to different degree by the movement of the carrier first in one direction and. then in the other, said retracting members being aligned in the direction of travel of the carrier.

9. In a device of the character described, a base, a pair of upright arch shaped rigid parallel track bars secured thereto, a reciprocatory carrier including handle bars and a foot rest, rollers on said carrier engaging the convex side of the track bars for to and fro gliding motion, a pair of divergently disposed retractive springs arranged in tandem relation aligned with the direction of travel of the carrier and attached at their lower ends of the base and attached at their upper ends in spaced relation to the carrier, said spring simultaneously resisting the movement of the carrier first in one direction and then in the other.

10. In a device of the character described, a supporting structure including an upright rigid arch shaped track having a radius of greater extent than the altitude of such track, a traveling carrier mounted upon the convex side of the track for to and fro motion on the track, said carrier having a foot rest and handle bars, and a helical tension spring having one end attached beneath the track in proximate relation to its vertical radius for to and fro swinging motion in unison with the gliding motion of the carrier to.

which its other end is attached, said spring being placed under tension by the travel movement of the carrier upon the track away from medial position in either direction, and tending to return the carrier to such position for further movea ment therebeyond under momentum against the tension of the spring.

11. In a device of the character described, a base, a pair of rigid parallel upright arch shaped track rods of uniform regular curvature comprising substantially segments of a circle carried thereby, a traveling carrier having handle bars and foot rests, rollers on the carrier engaging the convex side of thetrack rod for to and fro gliding motion, and swinging retractive means pivotallymounted eccentrioally in relation with track members, a traveling carrier mounted thereon for to and fro gliding motion, and a pair of retractive springs disposed in tandem relation aligned with the direction of travel of the carrier, each having one end fixed within the area I enclosed by the upright arch shaped track members and in eccentric relation with the center thereof and the other ends attached to the carrier, which by their retractive tendency hold the carrier upon the track members and simultaneously yieldingly resist to different degree its travel motion in alternating directions thereon.

WILLIAM D. FULLER,

Referenced by
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US2529017 *Jun 1, 1948Nov 7, 1950Hall Thomas AAmusement and exercising apparatus
US2932342 *Jun 15, 1956Apr 12, 1960Bostrom Mfg CompanyVehicle seat support
US3089699 *Mar 17, 1961May 14, 1963Amsted Ind IncTeeter-totter
US4049262 *Apr 14, 1976Sep 20, 1977Cunningham Jr Jere PUser-actuated simulated motorcycle ride
US5180338 *Apr 15, 1992Jan 19, 1993Pinto Albert ARiding toy mechanism
Classifications
U.S. Classification472/105
International ClassificationA63G13/08, A63G13/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63G13/08
European ClassificationA63G13/08