US 3751062 A
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United States Patent [1 1 White, Sr, 1 Aug. 7,1973
[ SCOOTER SKATEBOARD 3.442.528 5/l969 Radcmachcr ISO/87.04 A
 Inventor: H. Thomas White, Sr., 2103 Saranac y St" Adelphi, Md 20783 A Primary Exammer-Leo Friagha Att0rneyWalter S. Pawl  Filed: Feb. 24, 1972  Appl. No.: 228,811  ABSTRACT v I The scooter skateboard has a platform with any well- 521 U.S. Cl. 280/87.04 A, 280/8705 know" "aching wheel trucks Suspended ahmmahc 51 lm. Cl B62k 9/00 balancing and Steering by "hing the rider's body and  Field of Search 280/8704 A, 87.04, the Skatehwd Platform the Steering direction, and 280/8705 a removable handle mounted firmly on one end of the platform for assisting novice riders in gaining practice  References Cited in balanced riding and steering maneuvers until they can perform without relying on the assistance of the I 2 454 :TATES PATENTS handle to ride the skateboard unobstructively and with 1174889 811918 1583:1131:11111111111311 533131812 dimm- 2,027,254 1/1936 Vogt 280/8704 A 2 Claims, 2 Drawing Figures (Y IG 2 l I 44 Ii l [I ;i 46 l /2 t g ,9 24 2 2 l 44 I8 44 SCOOTER SKATEBOARD In a search of the prior art, the Closest reference found was US. Pat. No. 3,442,528, which discloses a permanent-handled scooter with automatic steering and balancing by tilting, but the handle is an undesirable obstruction for those who are proficient in the use of the skateboard and wish to perform some reverse maneuvers, when the trailing end of the platform is required to be free of obstructions so that the rider can freely move his trailing foot over the trailing end of the platform in stepping on or off the skateboard therewith. This is quite impossible with the toy vehicle disclosed in this patent unless the handle is removed, which is not an easy task.
Since the advent of the articulated truck mountings for the tracking wheels on the scooter-type platform with a handle for more automatic balance and steering of the scooter vehicle, the handle became an unnecessary obstruction for experienced riders, and the handleless skateboard was developed as a more popular toy vehicle, comprising a simple scooter platform with tracking wheel trucks mounted on inclined pin bearings under the platform, for balancing by automatic steering without obstruction of a post or handle on top of the platform. I
While the skateboard can provide a lot more fun with locomotion in either forward or reverse direction for the experienced rider, in balancing himself with either foot forward on the flat board which forms the simple platform of this toy vehicle, for beginners, the assistance of a strong handle is almost indispensable to avoid falls, skins and bruises while learning how to handle a skateboard and perform the various balancing and steering maneuvers gracefully.
The applicant conceived a strong handle structure readily applicable to the commonly elongated platforms of skateboards having a substantially rounded or pointed nose at each end, for use on a skateboard whenever a handle is desired for practice by beginners or those who wish to acquire more proficiency in some more difficult maneuvers without the danger of loosening or breaking the handle when the skateboard should strike ,an immovable or massive obstruction;
The main object of the present invention is to provide a removable handle for a skateboard, for selective use therewith when desired.
A further object is to provide a strong handle made integrally with a base extending over the nose end of the skateboard platform to form a closely fitting pocket therefor, and having ears extending around the sides of said nose end back of the pocket and under said platform, where they are provided with set screws threaded therethrough for locking against the bottom of said platform to hold said base from loosening off of said nose end.
A further object to provide an attractive design of a supporting bracket post extending horizontally from the front of the main post of the handle and curved downwardly to a point in the base spaced forwardly from said main post, to reenforce it against axial shock stresses when the skateboard strikes an immovable or massive obstruction at high speed, while the rider is braced against the handle bar at the top of the main post.
Other and more specific objects will become apparent in the following detailed description of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein:
FIG. 1 is an elevational side view of a skateboard with a removable handle made in accordance with the present invention, and FIG. 2 is an enlarged perspective detail view of the front or handle end of this scooter skateboard.
The skateboard illustrated has a simple elongated flat platfonn 12 of hard wood or other suitable material, with round pointed ends, on one of which is mounted a removable handle having a tubular post 14 with a handle bar 16 at its upper end, its lower end being formed integrally with the base 18 and the tubular bracket post 10, as by welding joints 44, a vertical portion of the bracket post 46 extending from the base at a point spaced in front of the main post 16 and being curved-at the top into a horizontal portion joined to the front of the main post, making an attractive reenforcement for the handle.
Thebase 18 is formed with a pocket 20 for nestingly engaging the round pointed nose end of the skateboard platform, and extends over the top and sides 24 of said nose end back of said pocket, with car flaps 26 extending under the bottom of the platform and provided with set screws 28 threaded therethrough for quickly engaging the platform to hold the base from working loose from its firmly mounted engagement with the nose end of the platform when'the scooter handle is'used with the skateboard.
The set screws may be readilyloosened with the thumb and forefinger gripping the knurled heads, for quickly removing the handle when desired, so that the skateboard can be used with full freedom in a wide range of maneuvers in which the handle would be unnecessary and obstructive to the more proficient and experienced riders. The scooter skateboard illustrated in the drawing has a pair of tracking truck wheels32 mounted under each end of the platform on a bearing bracket 42 pivoted at its upper end in a socket bearing in the base plate 40 which is fixed to the bottom of one end of the platform, and at its lower end has a resiliently floated ring portion 36 extending between two hard rubber bushings 38 mounted loosely about a spool shaft extending downwardly from said base plate at a point spaced axially in-' wardly of said platform from said socket bearing, so as to steer the wheel truck at each end of the skateboard to track on a curved'course in the direction that the plateform is tilted. This obviously provides a means for balancing the skateboard by automatic steering in the direction of tilt of the platform, as controlled by the angular flexing of the riders ankles.
Although only one specific form of the scooter skateboard is herein illustrated anddescribed, many obvious modifications in the details and arrangement of parts may be made in its construction without departingfrom the spirit and scope of this invention.
What is claimed is:
l. A scooter skateboard comprising:
a skateboard having an elongated platform with substantially round pointed nose ends,
a readily removable handle having a supporting post with a base rigidly fixed thereto and having a pocket nestedly formed over one of said nose ends,
said base extending rearwardly from said pocket over the top of said nose end and having side flaps the nose end of said skateboard platform,
said base being further formed to extend closely around the top and sides of the plateform back of said nose pocket, and having ear flaps extending under said platform, and
thumb screws threaded through said ear flaps adapted for screwing against the bottom of said plateform when the base is mounted firmly over the nose end thereof, so as to hold said base firmly against loosening movement off of said nose end.
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