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Publication numberUS3589717 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 29, 1971
Filing dateAug 5, 1969
Priority dateAug 5, 1969
Publication numberUS 3589717 A, US 3589717A, US-A-3589717, US3589717 A, US3589717A
InventorsCharles M Alexander
Original AssigneeCharles M Alexander
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bicycle-supporting stand for exercising
US 3589717 A
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United States Patent 554,754 2/1896 WebberW..,..

637,398 11/1899 Meuli-hilty 2,198,058 4/1940 Mobeck 2,788,211 4/1957 lvanoff........................1

Primary Examiner-Richard C. Pinkham Assistant ExaminerRichard Dror Charles M. Alexander 937 Joyce Street, Apt. B, Atlanta, Ga. 30314 Appl. No. 847,655 22 Filed Aug.5,l969 [45] Patented June 29, I97] 5 Claims, 3 Drawing Figs.

[72] Inventor [54] BICYCLE-SUPPORTiNG STAND FOR EXERCISING ABSTRACT: A stand for supporting a conventional bicycle in a stationary position so that the same may be used as an exercising device. The stand incorporates a peripheral tubular frame and a pair of sheet metal panels attached to each other and to the tubular frame to form a platform upon which there are a pair of upstanding rear braces and a pair of upstanding front braces between which the bicycle is placed and supm m m u u S m n m m M M MM mm m m m s R m m n n n N L u c m H U m M U U U U ported in an elevated condition so that a person may sit thereupon and exercise himself by pedaling.

334,635 1/1886 Bowen.........................

BICYCLE-SUPPORTING STAND FOR EXERCISING This invention relates generally to exercising apparatus.

A principal object of the present invention is to provide an exercise stand which is readily adaptable for receiving an ordinary bicycle so as to convert the same into an exercising machine.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an exercising stand which supports the bicycle rear wheel in an 1 elevated positioned so that a person may indulge in the exercise of pedaling while remaining stationary in one place.

Yet a further object of the present invention is to provide an exercising stand which further includes an adjustable resistor wheel for frictionally engaging the rear wheel of the bicycle so as to make necessary an extra exertion effort by a person during pedaling operation. 7

Yet a further object is to provide an exercising stand which incorporates a stopwatch stand conveniently located so that a person sitting upon the bicycle may readily endeavor to keep track of the time spent in an exercise.

Still another object is to provide an exercising stand which includes a counter for recording the number of revolutions of the bicycle rear wheel so that a person perfonning exercise may keep track of the number of miles per hour he may get through an exercise.

Other objects of the present invention are to provide an exercising stand which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and efficient in operation.

These and other objects will be readily evident upon a study of the following specification and the accompanying drawing wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a fragmentary side elevation view showing the counter in operative use; and

FIG. 3 is an enlarged perspective view of the resistor wheel mechanism shown in FIG. 1 of the drawing.

. Referring now to the drawing in detail, thereference numeral represents an exercising stand according to the present invention wherein there is a base 11 comprised of a tubular rectangular frame 12 across which a flat metal panel 13 is mounted in a transverse direction, and another panel 14 of sheet metal is centrally positioned between one end edge 15 and the metal panel 13.

A pair of upstanding rear braces 16 are mounted upon the panel 14, while a pair of upstanding front braces 17 are mounted upon panel 13. The rear braces 16 are each provided with a groove 18 on the upper ends thereof for purpose of receiving a bar 19 of a bicycle frame so as to support the rear wheel 20 of the bicycle 21 in an elevated position. The front braces 17 support the bar 22 of the bicycle frame therebetween thus maintaining the bicycle in an erect upstanding position so as to support a rider sitting upon the seat 23 and pedaling with his feet upon the bicycle pedals 24.

A resistor wheel unit 25 is also mounted upon the metal panel 14, the resistor wheel unit including a resistor wheel 26 rotatable about an axle 27 supported at its opposite ends within a bearing bracket 28 that is slidably adjustable within a base 29 and secured in a selected position thereupon by an appropriate wingnut 30. It is to be noted that the periphery 31 of the resistor wheel is of cross-sectional concave configuration so as to receive the outer periphery of the rear wheel tire therewithin, the peripheral depression of the resistor wheel being knurled as is shown in FIG. 3 of the drawing. The upstanding braces 16 and 17 as well as the resistor wheel unit are secured upon the metal panels by means of appropriate bolts son exercising.1

A stopwatc stand 33 IS also mounted or placed within the frame of the exercising stand, the stopwatch stand including a base 34 from which there extends upwardly a lazy tong structure 35 that is surmounted by a tray 36 upon which a stop- 0 watch 37 may be conveniently placed, the lazy tong structure being stretched upwardly to any convenient level where a person upon the bicycle may easily be able to read the time upon the watch and accordingly guide his exercising time respective thereto.

As shown in FIG. 2 of the drawing, a counter unit 38 may be used in conjunction with exercising upon the device, the counter unit 38 including a stand 39 upon which a mechanical counter 40 is supported. The counter is provided with a pawl 41 which is struck by a hammer 42 at the end of an arm 43 secured to a clip or clamp 44 mounted around the bicycle wheel so as to record each revolution of the rear wheel. The person may thereafter by computation figure out the distance he has travelled by pedaling the bicycle even though the bicycle remains in a stationary position. It is to be noted that the upper end of the stand 39 includes an arm 45 that is pivotable respective to a leg 46 by means of a universal joint 47 therebetween, thus allowing an accurate position placement of the pawl 41 respective to the hammer 42. 7

It will be readily apparent that various other devices may be employed for improving the use of the exercising stand.

I claim:

I. In an exercising stand, the combination of a base of generally rectangular configuration, said base including a peripheral frame of rectangular configuration formed of metal tubing, said frame including parallel opposite sides and parallel opposite ends, said sides being bridged by a transverse flat metal panel of sheet metal, and a second sheet metal panel between one of said ends and said transverse metal panel, one of said panels supporting a pair of upstanding rear braces and the other of said panels supporting apair of upstanding front braces for supporting a bicycle.

2. The combination as set forth in claim vl wherein each of said rear braces is provided with a notch upon the upper end thereof for supporting a bicycle frame of said bicycle, and said front braces supporting said frame therebetween, said bicycle supported upon said braces having its rear wheel in an elevated position so as to maintain said bicycle in a stationary position while pedaling.

3. The combination as set forth in claim 2 wherein a resistor wheel unit is mounted upon one of said metal panels, said resistor unit including a resistor wheel rotatable about a shaft supported at its ends within a U-shaped bracket, said bracket being forwardly slidable respective to a base to which it is secured adjustably by means of a wingnut so as to apply selectively greater or lesser pressure against said bicycle rear wheel.

4. The combination as set forth in claim 3 wherein a counter unit associated with said bicycle stand includes a counter stand supporting a mechanical counter thereupon, said counter including an extending pawl which engages a hammer on the end of an arm secured to a clamp fitted around said rear wheel for counting the number of revolutions of said rear wheel during an exercise.

5. The combination as set forth in claim 4 wherein a stopwatch stand associated with said exercising stand includes a base supporting an upward extending lazy tong structure surmounted by a tray for supporting a stopwatch.

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U.S. Classification482/61, 211/22
International ClassificationA63B69/16
Cooperative ClassificationA63B2069/165, A63B2069/164, A63B69/16, A63B2069/166
European ClassificationA63B69/16