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Publication numberUS604347 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 17, 1898
Filing dateApr 20, 1896
Publication numberUS 604347 A, US 604347A, US-A-604347, US604347 A, US604347A
InventorsEdward W. Bray
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bicycle-saddle
US 604347 A
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(No Model.) 2 Sheets-Sheet 1.

, E. W. BRAY. BIGYGLESADDLE.

No. 604.347. Patented May l i, 1898.

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ATTORNEYS.

(No Model.) 2 Sheets-Sheet 2. E. W. BRAY.

BICYCLE SADDLE.

No. 604,347. Patented May 1'7, 1898.

WITNESSES A TTOR/VEYS'.

NiTED STATES ATENT FFICE.

EDWARD \V. BRAY, OF INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, ASSIGNOR OF TWO-THIRDS TO FRANKLIN A. WILLIAMS AND LAWSON B. HUGHES, OF NEEDHAM,

INDIANA.

BICYCLE-SADDLE SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 604,347, dated May 17, 1898.

Application filed April 20,1896. Renewed February 28, 1898. Serial No. 672,094. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that I, EDWARD W. BRAY, a citizen of the UnitedStates, residing at Indianapolis, in the county of Marion and State of Indiana, have invented a new and useful Bicycle-Saddle, of which the following is a specification.

Myinvention relates to an improvement in bicycle-saddles.

The object of my invention is to producea saddle which will conform to all'of the movements of the legs of the rider and the use of which will produce no injurious eifects.

The accompanying drawings illustrate my invention.

Figure 1 is a view in perspective showing one-half of the saddle in its flexed position. Fig. 2 is a rear elevation with the saddlecover removed. Fig. 3 is an enlarged side elevation of one section or half of the saddle. Fig. 4 is a plan of the entire saddle with the cover removed. Fig. 5 is a side elevation thereof. Fig. 6 is a cross-section on line 6 6 of Fig. 3.

In the drawings, 7 indicates a saddle-post or standard adapted to be secured in the bicycle-frame in the ordinary manner. The upper end of post 7 is provided with a hollow T- head 8, through which is passed a cross-bar 9, the said cross-bar being adapted to be angularly adjusted in head 8 and to be secured therein by means of a set-screw 10. Mounted upon each end of bar 9 is a carrier 11, formed, preferably, of sheet metal and bent so as to form a pair of upright sides 12 12, the upper ends of which are secured together by means of a pair of shouldered pins 13 and 14.

' Formed in each side 12 is an opening, into which the flattened ends of bars 9 are adapted to fit, and passing through the bottom of carrier 11 and adapted to engage bar 9 is a setscrew 15, the arrangement being such that each carrier is prevented from rotating upon bar 9, but may be longitudinally adjusted thereon and secured in any one of its adjusted positions. Mounted upon pins 13 and 14 between sides 12 are a pair of pivoted hangers 16 and 17, the lower end of each of which is provided with a pair of oppositelyextending arms 18, each of which passes through one of four are shaped slots 19, formed through sides 12. The outer end of each arm 18 is preferably shouldered, and pivoted upon said shouldered ends outside of sides 12, and thereby connecting hangers 16 and 17, are two plates 20 and 21, the upper ends of which are connected and secured together by means of a pin 22, the arrangement being such that when hanger 16 is substantially horizontal hanger 17 will be at angle of about seventy-five or eighty degrees therefrom, as shown in Fig. 3. Each of plates 20 is provided with a pair of ears 23, and each of plates 21 is provided with a similar pair of cars 24. Each half of the saddle-frame is preferably formed of a single wire 25, bent into the shape shown, so as to support a leather or other suitable covering,and secured to plates 20 and 21 by means of cars 23 and 24, which are folded over the wire in the manner shown.

A spring 26 is mounted upon bar 9 between sides 12 of each carrier 11, the middle portion of said spring resting upon the bottom of said carrier and the free ends thereof engaging pin 22, the arrangement being such that each spring tends to hold the corresponding saddle-half in the normal position shown in full lines in Fig. 3.

Supposing the angle of swing of each hanger 16 and 17 to be bisected, the bisecting lines will intersect each other at a point above the saddle, and said point of intersection is equidistant from the ends of both hangers when said hangers are in either of their extreme positions, so that during the operation of the saddle said point is substantially stationary, there being but a slight vertical movement thereof. By changing the distance between the pivotal points of the two hangers and by increasing or diminishing their angular movement the neutral points above the saddle may be shifted so as to substantially coincide with the hip-joints of. the rider.- It is therefore possible by the construction described to construct a saddle which will conform to all of the movements of the riders legs, because the pivotal points thereof substantially coincide with the pivotal points of the legs.

The operation is obvious. As the legs of the rider swing upon the hip-joints each saddle-half follows the movements of the corresponding leg, the forward end of each portion of said saddle moving down when the rear end thereof moves up and the entire saddle-half moving simultaneously toward the rear.

I claim as my invention 1. In a bicycle-saddle,the combination with the two independent parts thereof, of means for supporting each of said parts whereby each of said parts may be given a simultaneous rocking and translatory movement in a substantially vertical plane about a point above the saddle.

2. The combination with a bicycle-saddle consisting of two independent parts, of a pair of hangers pivoted to a suitable support below each of said saddle parts and also pivoted, at their free ends, to the said saddle parts, substantially as described.

3. In a bicycle-saddle consisting of two parts, means for supporting each of said parts consisting of a carrier, a pair of pivoted hangers mounted in said carrier and pivoted at their free ends to said saddle parts, a spring mounted in each carrier and adapted to hold each saddle part in its normal position, and means for securing each of said carriers to the bicycle-frame, substantially as described.

4. In abicycle-saddle,the combination with a cross-bar adapted to be secured to the bicyole-frame, of a pair of carriers mounted on said cross-bar, a pair of pivoted hangers mounted in each of said carriers, and two independent saddle parts each of which is pivoted to and supported by a pair of said hangers, as and for the purpose set forth.

5. In a bicycle-saddle,the combination with a cross-bar adapted to be secured to a bicycleframe, of a pair of carriers mounted on said cross-bar, a pair of pivoted hangers mounted in each of said carriers, two independent saddle parts each of which is pivoted to and supported by a pair of hangers, and means for yieldingly holding each of said saddle parts in its normal position.

6. In abicycle-saddle, the combination with a cross-bar adapted to be secured to a bicycleframe, of a pair of carriers adapted to be secured to said cross-bar, said carriers each consisting, in part, of a pair of side plates, a pair of pivoted hangers mounted in each carrier between said plates and each provided, at its free end, with a pair of oppositely-extending arms which project through suitable slots formed in said side plates, a pair of plates pivoted to each pair of hangers upon the extended arms of the free ends thereof, and a saddle-frame secured to each pair of plates, substantially as set forth.

7. In a bicycle-saddle,the combination with a cross-bar adapted to be secured to a bicycleframe, of a pair of carriers adapted to be secured to said cross-bar, said carriers each consisting, in part, of a pair of side plates, apair of pivoted hangers mounted in each carrier between said side plates and each provided,at its free end, with a pair of oppositely-extending arms which project through suitable slots formed in said side plates, a pair of plates pivoted to each pair of hangers upon the extended arms of the free ends thereof, a saddle-frame secured to each pair of plates, and means for yieldingly holding each of said saddle-frames in its normal position, substantially as set forth.

8. In a bicyclesaddle,the combination with a cross-bar adapted to be secured to a bicycleframe, of a pair of carriers adapted to be secured to said cross-bar and longitudinally adjustable thereon, said carriers each consisting, in part, of a pair of side plates, a pair of hangers pivoted between the side plates of each carrier, each of said hangers being provided, at its free end, with a pair of oppositely-extending arms which project through suitable slots formed in said side plates,a pair of plates pivoted to each pair of hangers upon the extended arms of the free ends thereof, and two parts of a saddle-frame each formed of a single piece of wire bent into the form shown and each secured to one pair of pivoted plates, substantially as set forth.

9. In abicycle-saddle,the combination with a cross-bar adapted to be secured to a bicycleframe, of a pair of carriers adapted to be secured to said cross-bar and longitudinally adjustable thereon, said carriers each consisting, in part, of a pair of side plates, a pair of hangers pivoted between the side plates of each carrier, each of said hangers being provided, at its free end, With a pair of oppositely-extending arms which project through suitable slots formed in said side plates, apair of plates pivoted to each pair of hangers upon the extended arms of the free ends thereof, a saddle-frame composed of two parts each formed of a single piece of wire bent into the form shown and each secured to one pair of pivoted plates, and means for yieldingly holding each of said saddle parts in its normal position, substantially as described.

EDWARD IV. BRAY.

Witnesses:

A. M. Hoop, Soor BRAY.

ICC

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Classifications
Cooperative ClassificationB62J1/005
European ClassificationB62J1/00C