|Publication number||USRE41098 E1|
|Application number||US 11/340,812|
|Publication date||Feb 9, 2010|
|Filing date||Jan 27, 2006|
|Priority date||Mar 6, 2002|
|Also published as||US6681653, US20030167873|
|Publication number||11340812, 340812, US RE41098 E1, US RE41098E1, US-E1-RE41098, USRE41098 E1, USRE41098E1|
|Original Assignee||Yu Tsai-Yun|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (12), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (2), Classifications (15), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to vehicles, such as bicycles motorcycles, tricycles, etc., and, more specifically, to a grip for the handlebar of a vehicle.
2. Description of the Related Art
A bicycle, motorcycle, tricycle, etc., has handlebars for the holding of the rider's hands. Regular vehicle handlebars are commonly made of metal and mounted with a flexible grip for the holding of the hand comfortably. The grip of a regular vehicle handlebar is a tubular rubber member of diameter slightly smaller than the handlebar. During installation, an air compressor is operated to drive forced air into the tubular rubber grip so as to expand the inner diameter of the tubular rubber grip, enabling the tubular grip to be sleeved onto the metal handlebar. After installation, the elastic material property causes the tubular rubber grip to return to its former shape, and therefore the tubular rubber grip is positively secured to the handlebar. When removing the grip from the handlebar, it is necessary to drive forced air into the inside of the grip again and to apply lubricating oil to the gap in between the inner diameter of the grip and the outer diameter of the handlebar. These grip mounting and dismounting procedures are complicated and require special tools and techniques.
The present invention has been accomplished to provide a vehicle handlebar grip, which eliminates the aforesaid drawbacks. It is therefore the main object of the present invention to provide a vehicle handlebar grip, which can easily be installed in the handlebar of a vehicle, or quickly removed from the handlebar of the vehicle. To achieve this object of the present invention, the vehicle handlebar grip comprises a plastic grip body, the plastic grip body comprising an mounting hole axially extended through two distal ends thereof, two annular locating grooves respectively disposed at the two distal ends around the mounting hole, and at least one through hole radially disposed in each of the two distal ends in communication with the mounting hole; an outer covering covered on the periphery of the grip body, the outer covering having a material hardness lower than the grip body; two metal locating rings respectively fitted into the annular locating grooves of the grip body around the mounting hole, the locating rings each having at least one radial screw hole corresponding to the through holes of the grip body; and a plurality of tightening up screws adapted for inserting into the through holes of the grip body and threaded into the screw holes of the locating rings to fix the locating rings and the grip body to the vehicle's handlebar onto which the grip body, the locating rings and the grip body are sleeved.
Referring to FIGS. from 1 through 5, a vehicle handlebar grip in accordance with the present invention is shown comprised of a grip body 10, an outer covering 20, two locating rings 30, and two tightening up screws 40.
The grip body 10 is injection-molded from plastics, comprising a base 11, two annular end flanges 12 respectively formed integral with the ends of the tubular base 11, a mounting hole 13 axially extended through the ends of the base 11, two annular locating grooves 14 respectively defined within the end flanges 12 around the mounting hole 13, two recessed positioning portions 15 respectively formed in the inner diameter of the end flanges 12 in communication with the locating grooves 14 at two sides.
The outer diameter of the end flanges 12 is greater than the tubular base 11. The end flanges 12 have two through holes 16 respectively radially disposed in communication with the recessed positioning portions 15 (see FIG. 5).
The outer covering 20 is a tubular member covered on the periphery of the tubular base 11 between the end flanges 12, having an embossed design 21 in the outer surface. The outer diameter of the outer cover 20 is smaller than the end flanges 12. The length of the outer covering 20 is approximately equal to (preferably slightly smaller than) the tubular base 11. The outer covering 20 is directly injection-molded from gel (or rubber) onto the periphery of the tubular base 11.
The locating rings 30 are made of aluminum alloy. The diameter of the hollow core 31 of the locating rings 30 is equal to the mounting hole 13. The outer diameter of the locating rings 30 fits the annular locating grooves 14. The locating rings 30 each have two radially protruded engagement portions 32 respectively forced into engagement with the recessed positioning portions 15 of the grip body 10 (see FIG. 5), and a screw hole 33 radially extended through one engagement portion 32 corresponding to one through hole 16 of the corresponding end flange 12. When inserting the locating rings 30 into the locating grooves 14 of the grip body 10, the radially protruded engagement portions 32 are respectively forced into engagement with the recessed positioning portions 15 of the grip body 10 to stop the locating rings 30 from rotary motion relative to the grip body 10, keeping the screw hole 33 in alignment with the corresponding through holes 16 of the grip body 10.
The tightening up screws 40 are socket head screws respectively inserted through one through hole 16 of each of the end flanges 12 of the grip body 10 and threaded into the screw holes 33 of the locating rings 30.
During installation of the grip in the handlebar of the vehicle (bicycle or motorcycle), the tightening up screws 40 are loosened (rotated radially backwards from the inner diameter of the locating rings 30, and then the mounting hole 13 of the grip body 10 of the grip is coupled to the handlebar of the vehicle (the diameter of the mounting hole 13 and the inner diameter 31 of the locating rings 30 are slightly greater than the outer diameter of the vehicle's handlebar so that the grip can easily be sleeved onto the vehicle handlebar), keeping the outer end of the grip, i.e., the outer end of one locating ring 30 disposed in flush with the outer end of the vehicle's handlebar, and then the tightening up screws 40 are fastened tight with a hand tool to fix the grip to the vehicle's handlebar. When loosening the tightening up screws 40, the user can easily remove the grip from the vehicle's handlebar.
As indicated above, the design of the present invention enables the user to conveniently quickly install the grip in a vehicle handlebar or to conveniently quickly remove the grip from the vehicle handlebar without a special tool or technique.
Further, the invention achieves a satisfactory balance between practicability and manufacturing cost. If the metal locating rings are eliminated and screw holes are directly formed in the ends of the plastic grip body, the strength of the grip body will be insufficient for the installation of the tightening up screws. If the base of the grip body is directly made of metal, the strength of the base will be high, however, the manufacturing cost of the grip body will be relatively increased and, the outer covering will be easily moved on the metal grip body.
Although a particular embodiment of the invention has been described in detail for purposes of illustration, various modifications and enhancements may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention, for example, the locating rings can be made having multiple screw holes corresponding to multiple through holes at each end of the grip body for the mounting of a respective tightening up screw to fix the locating rings and the grip body to a vehicle handlebar. Accordingly, the invention is not to be limited except as by the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||74/551.9, 403/362, 74/558, 74/551.8|
|International Classification||B62K21/26, F16D1/08, B62D1/06, B62K21/12|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10T403/7041, Y10T74/2078, Y10T74/20828, Y10T74/2087, B62K21/26, Y10T74/20822|
|Jul 5, 2011||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 8
|Sep 13, 2011||CC||Certificate of correction|
|Sep 4, 2015||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Jan 27, 2016||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|