US 3779568 A
A ski carrier is formed by providing wheels on the inside surface of a ski-shaped base plate bowed at the tip and providing a clamp for clamping the butt of the skis on the end of a resilient arm the other end of which is rotatably fixed to the rear end of the base plate.
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United States Patent 1 Wakabayashi 1 SKI CARRIER  Inventor: Nobuyuki Wakabayashi, 11-3,
Senju-Higashi 2 chome, Adachi-ku, Tokyo, Japan  Filed: Oct. 29, 1971 211 Appl. No.: 193,868
 US. Cl. 280/9, 280/11.37 R  Int. Cl B62b 13/18  Field of Search 280/11.37 K, 9, 11,
v 280/11.37 R; 224/29 R, 45 S  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2/1951 Jaycox 244/29 R 8/1949 Nurenberg et a1 280/9 [451 Dec. 18, 1973 FOREIGN PATENTS QR APPLICATIONS 1,552,202 11/1967 France 280/11.37 K 119,748 3/1927 Switzerland 280/1 137 R 1,148,701 3/1963 Germany 2230/) Primary Examiner-Gerald M. Forlenza Assistant Examiner-Kenneth Noland Attorneyl(urt Kelman [5 7] ABSTRACT A ski carrier is formed by providing wheels on the inside surface of a ski-shaped base plate bowed at the tip and providing a clamp for clamping the butt of the skis on the end of a resilient arm the other end of which is rotatably fixed to the rear end of the base plate.
1 Claim, 3 Drawing Figures SKI CARRIER This invention relates to a ski carrier. Skis are ordinarily caried over the shoulder in a generally horizontal position or are hugged against the shoulder in a generally vertical position. When carried over the shoulder the ends of the skis extend to the fore andback of the carrier thus requiring him to be cautious of not hindering the passage of other persons or vehicles and of not hitting and breaking signs, clocks and other objects in train stations etc. Whenthe skis are hugged to the shoulder in the vertical position their weight bears most uncomfortably on the body and along with the weight of the ruck sack and other equipment that skiers usually carry makes it difficult for the skier to carry the skis for any great length of time.
The main object of this invention is to provide a ski carrier by which skis caneasily be transported either over snow or over an ordinary road surface.
Other objects an features of this invention will be clear from the following description with reference to the drawing in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the ski carrier of this invention;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the ski carrier of this invention being used as a runner;
FIG. 3 is a side view of the ski carrier of this invention with a pair of skis attached.
With reference to the drawing, the base plate 1 made of metal, synthetic resin or other material is formed in the shape of a ski bowed at one end and a plurality of rubber wheels are rotatably fixed to the inside surface of the base plate with respect to the bowed tip thereof. The rear end of the base plate is bent downwardly to form a perpendicular surface 3 upon which a'pair of positioners 4 are provided at an appropriate interval. An arm 5 formed of resilient metal is fixed on the perpendicular surface 3 between the positioners 4 by means of wing nut 6 the bolt of which passes through arm 5. Arm 5 is bowed somewhat forward over base plate 1 and stationary plate 7 is attached to the extremity of arm 5 by screws 8 so that its inside surface makes an appropriate angle with base plate 1. One of two bolts 9 passes through each end of stationary plate 7 and through each end of clamp plate 11 with a coil spring 10 therebetween. Clamp plate 11 is tightened onto stationary plate 7 by wing nuts 12 on the bolts 9. The opposing faces of the stationary plate and the clamp plate have rubber or synthetic resin plates bonded thereto to protect the surface of the skis clamped therebetween and to ensure secure clamping. I r
In loading the skis onto the ski carrier of theabove construction, the butt end of the pair of skis is inserted between the stationary plate 7 and clamp plate 11 so as not to come in contact with base plate 1 and the wing nuts 12 are tightened to clamp the skis. Wingnut 6 connecting the base plate and the arm is further tightened to fix arm 5 between the two positioners 4 in proper relationshipto base plate 1 so that the skis ride on the carrier attached by the butt end thereof as shown in H0. 3. When the upper part of the skis so loaded on the carrier is rested on the shoulder or grasped by the hands and pushed forward, the ski carriage will roll forward on the wheels 2. As the clamping surface of stationary plate 7 is fixed with respect to base plate 1 at an angle predetermined to be the most appropriate, the
skis supported by the carrier lean toward the person transporting the skis with a degree of inclination which makes it easy to push them and it is thus easily possible to transport the skis on the ski carrier. Furthermore, on a snowy road or path, said wing nut 6 is loosened, arm 5 is drawn free of positioners 4 and, in this condition, the wheel section is rotated and again made fast by wing nut 6 to make it possible to transport the skis over a snowy surface using base plate 1 as a runner.
Thus, as has been described above, the ski carrier of the present invention consists of a base plate with its tip bowed in the shape of a ski, rubber wheels fixed to said base plate on the side which is inward with respect to the bowed tip thereof, an arm formed of resilient metal attached rotatably at one end to the rear end of the base plate so that the other end extends above the base plate and a clamp fixed to the upper extremity of the arm. Consequently, when the butt of a pair of skis is inserted into and held by the clamp, the base plate can be made freely rotatable by loosening the wing nut where the base plate connects with the arm and it is thus possible to transport the skis over a road or inside a train station by means of the carrier wheels or, on a snowy road or path, to rotate the wheel section by 180 to form a runner upon which the skis can easily be transported over the snow surface. -As the arm is formed of resilient material, it absorbs vibration and shock resulting from the pushing force or from irregularities in the road surface and affords smooth transporting of the skis. As a rubber plate is provided on the surfaces of the clamp which come into contact with the ski surface, the finish of the skis is not marred in transport. The invention thus provides a safe and easy means for transporting ordinarily cumbersome skis by a device of simple construction.
Although the embodiment shown in the drawing has two wheels and clamps the butt of the skis by a stationary plate and a clamp plate closed by wing nuts, one wheel is sufiicient and the skis can be clamped by other means such as a spring.
It is further possible to increase the length of the stationary plate and the clamp plate in the horizontal direction so as to make it possible to transport two pairs of skis simultaneously. 7
What is claimed is:
l. A ski carrier comprising in combination, a base plate shaped in the form of a ski with one end bowed and one side forming'a ski surface, one or more wheels fixed rotatably to the opposite side of the'ski surface of said base plate and disposed inwardly with respect to the bowed end thereof, a single arm made 'of resilient material attached to the rear end of said base plate so as to be capable of rotation when desired, means mounting the lower endof the arm to the rear end of said base plate so as to permit pivoting of the arm about a longitudinal axis taken along the length of the ski surface, said arm extending above said base plate and toward the bowed end of the base plate and having at the upper extremity thereof aclamping device for clamping the butt of a pair of skis at an upward inclination toward the rear end of the base plate whereby the pair of skis may be transported by pushing the skis with the ski carrier in surface contact with either the said ski surface or said wheels.