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M. E. RICHTER. HANDLE BAR GRIP.
(Application filed Dec. 23, 1897.)
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PATENT MAX EMIL RICHTER, OF FORT lVAYNE, INDIANA.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 612,057, dated October 11, 1898. Application filerlDecember 23,1897. Serial No. 663,193. (Nomodeti To ail whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, MAX EMIL RICHTER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Fort Wayne, in the county of Allen and State of Indiana, have invented a new and useful Handle-Bar Grip, of which the following is a specification.
This invention is designed, essentially, to provide a grip for handle-bars and the like which can be placed in position by any one with the same facility as any of the grips now in use and which will relieve the hands and arms of jar, which is objectionable and is the chief source of the tired feeling experienced by cyclists when traveling over a rough and uneven surface, and which will at the same time insure free ventilation, thereby keeping the hands cool and preventing the tendency of the hands to perspire.
The improvement consists, primarily, of a series of strips bowed outwardly between their ends and grouped so as to encircle the handle-bar and sufficiently elastic to yield upon closing the hand tightly, and said strips being spaced to provide passages to secure ventilation.
The improvement also consists of a sleeve having its end portions recurved and having the elastic strips grouped about the sleeve and secured thereto byits recurved terminals, which embrace the extremitiesof the strips and retain the latter in place.
The invention also further consists of in- 'terposing felt or other moisture-absorbing material between the elastic strips and the sleeve or the handle-bar and in the novel details and combinations of parts, which hereinafter will be more fully "set forth, illustrated, and finally claimed.
For a full understanding of the merits and advantages of the invention reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings and the following description.
The improvement is susceptible of various changes in the form, proportion, and the minor details of construction without departing from the principle or sacrificing any'of the advantages thereof, and to a full disclosure of the invention an adaptation thereof is shown in the accompanying drawings, in which-- Fig'ure 1 is a detail view of one end of a handle-bar provided witha grip constructed in accordance with this invention. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section thereof. Fig. 3 is a transverse section. Fig. 4 is a detail View in perspective of the grip, parts being broken away. 7
Corresponding and like parts are referred to in the following description and indicated in the several views of the drawings by the same reference characters.
Within the spirit of the invention the grip comprises a series of elastic strips 1, placed side by side and encircling the bar 2, which may be the handle of a bicycle, velocipede, or the like, and these elastic strips are bowed outwardly between their extremities and have spaces 3 between their longitudinal edges to secure free ventilation. Any means may be employed for securing the strips at their ends, so as to retain them in place. The strips may be of any material best adapted for the purpose; but wood is preferred because of its lightness, cheapness, and resiliency.
In order that the grip may be capable of universal application, it is found most advantageous to group the elastic strips 1 about a base, which consists of a sleeve 4, of metal or other material, the end portions of the sleeve being recurved, as shown at 5, to embrace the extremities of the elastic strips and retain them in place. Felt or other absorbent material 6 is interposed betweenthe elastic strips 1 and the base or sleeve 4: and is intended to absorb any perspiration or other moisture, thereby keeping the hands cool and obviating the disagreeable feeling experienced by graspinghandle-bars which do not admit of ventilation or absorb perspiration. The ends of the grip are reinforced and given a finished appearance by having a ferrule 7 applied to its inner end and a cap 8 fitted to its outer end, said cap overlapping the end of the handle-bar 2 and being centrally apertured to receive ascrew 9, by means of which it is held in place. A pin 10 passes transversely through registering openings in the grip and handle-bar and retains the grip in place, and the ends of the pin are concealed by the cap 8.
A grip constructed as herein set forth is light, cheap, and can be readily manufactured and placed upon the market, so as to be within reach of all, and can be quickly placed in position without requiring any special construction or adaptation of the handlebar for its reception.
Having thus described the invention, What is claimed as new is 1. A grip comprising a series of elastic strips having spaces between their longitudinal edges and spaced intermediate their edges from the handle-bar, means for securing said strips to the handle-bar, and an absorbent material between said strips and the said bar, said strips being adapted to space the hand out of contact with the absorbent material; substantially as described.
2. In a grip for handle-bars and thelike, a sleeve having a recurved end portion, and a series of strips grouped about the'sleeve and having their extremities encircled and secured by the recurved terminal of the sleeve; substantially as described.
3. A grip comprising a sleeve, a moistureabsorbing material covering the exterior of the sleeve, and a series of elastic strips bowed outwardly between their ends and grouped about the sleeve and secured thereto, said strips being adapted to space thehand out of contact with the absorbent material, substantially as set forth.
4. A grip comprising a sleeve having recurved ends, an absorbent material about said sleeve and extending beneath the said ends, and a series of elastic,outwardly-bowed strips With spaces between their longitudinal edges, said strips having their ends resting upon the absorbent material and encircled and secured by the recurved terminals of the sleeve; substantially as described.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto affixed my signaturein the presence of two Witnesses.
MAX EMIL RICHTER. lVitnesses:
HENRY W. BUoK, PAUL RICHTER.