US 615077 A
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(Application filed May 14, 1897.)
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L. D. LOVEKIN.
(Application filed May 14, 1897.) (No Model.) 2 Sheets-Sheet 2.
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
LUTHER D. LOVEKIN, OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, ASSIGNOR TO THE LOVEKIN SADDLE COMPANY, OF SAME PLACE.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letterslatent No. 615,077, dated November 29, 1898.
Application filed May 14, 1897. Serial No. 636,441. (No model.)
T 0 aZZ whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, LUTHER D. LOVEKIN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Philadelphia, in the county of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Bicy ole-Saddles; and Ido declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art .to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the letters of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.
My invention relates to certain improvements in saddles for bicycles and similar vehicles, and has for its principal object to so construct the saddle that it will yield to accommodate itself to the movements of the rider, especially when bending forward to drive the machine at increased speed.
In the accompanying drawings, Figure l is an elevation, partly in section, of a saddle constructed in accordance with my invention, the form of saddle illustrated being more particularly adapted for ladies use. Fig. 2 is a plan view of the same. Fig. 3 is atran'sverse sectional elevation of the saddle-supporting clip on the line 3 3, Fig. 1. Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. 1, illustrating a slightly-modified construction of a saddle for gentlemens use. Fig. 5 is a sectional plan view of the same on the line 5 5, Fig. 4; and Fig. 6 is a transverse sectional elevation of the saddlesupporting clip and spring on the line 6 6 of Fig. 4.
Referring to Figs. 1, 2, and 3, A represents a seat-post of ordinary construction, and B a saddle-supporting clip split at its lower end and provided with a screw 1), by which it may be firmly clamped to the seat-post, or the clip may be solid and be secured to the post by a set-screw binding against a flattened face on the post, if desired.
Secured to or formed integral with the clip is a forwardly-extending arm I), having near its outer end an opening 0, in which is guided a segmental bar 6, depending from the forward end of the saddle E. At the upper central portion of the clip are formed lugs N, be-
tween which is seated a pivot-block e, secured to the bottom of the saddle and pivoted to said lugs by a transversely-extending pin f. The pivot-block e fits in a pocket formed partly by the lugs b3 and partly by a rear wall 9, so that any sidewise or rearward movement of the saddle is prevented, while the pivot-point is directly under the center of gravity of the rider while in an upright position and forms a structure substantially unyielding under the weight, except that it may be tilted forwardly when required, as hereinafter described.
The saddle E has at its forward end a downwardly-projecting segmental guiding-bar e, as previously described, and surrounding the bar is a helical compression-spring it, one end of which bears against the base-plate of the bar and its opposite end against the upper surface of the arm I), the arrangement being such that as the rider bends forward to drive the machine at increased speed the saddle will yield to a corresponding degree, its for Ward end being forced down against the. action of the spring h and forming at all times a comfortable seat.
The saddle illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2 is of the padded or cushioned variety provided with an upwardly-curved back 6 and is more especially adapted for ladies use. For a mans saddle, when cushions are not desired, it is preferred to provide the saddle-clip with a rearwardly-extending arm I), as shown in Fig. 4. When this construction is employed either for a womans or mans saddle, the clip is made in two sections, the lower of which, B, extends around and holds the central portion of a spring G, the opposite ends of which are secured by screws g to the arms I) b of the main body of the clip.
W ith a saddle constructed in accordance with my invention sidewise or rearward movement is absolutely prevented; but the saddle has a free forward swing and will accommodate itself to any position which the rider may assume. 7
Having thus described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, isv 1. The combination of a clip, a saddle pivsaid pivot-block at a point under the center of gravity of the rider when in an upright position, a segmental guiding-bar a secured to the saddle, an arm 1) formed integral with the clip and having a guiding-opening 0 for the bar 0 and a helical spring hsurrounding said bar, substantially as specified.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
LUTHER D. LOVEKIN.
J. W. JoNEs, JOHN R. NOLAN.