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Title:
A BICYCLE PARKING STAND FOR A BICYCLE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/185789
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention is regarding a bicycle stand (100) for a bicycle. The bicycle stand (100) has a base (104) fixed with a plurality of arms (106). The plurality of arms (106) are mounted across a wheel hub (108) of the bicycle. The base (104) is pivotably rotatable around the wheel hub (108). A locking means (110) is mounted on at least one side (X or Y) of the wheel hub (108). The locking means (110) locks the base (104) at a predetermined angle to park the bicycle on the base (104) in a vertical position with respect to the ground.

Inventors:
NAMBIAR, Rahul (Chandradarshan C.H.S, A/11 Hanuman Nagar, L. T. Pawshe Road,,Kalyan - 6, Maharashtra, 42130, IN)
Application Number:
IN2018/050203
Publication Date:
October 11, 2018
Filing Date:
April 09, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
NAMBIAR, Rahul (Chandradarshan C.H.S, A/11 Hanuman Nagar, L. T. Pawshe Road,,Kalyan - 6, Maharashtra, 42130, IN)
International Classes:
B62H1/04
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SHETH, Girish Vijayanand (KRISHNA & SAURASTRI ASSOCIATES LLP, 74/F Venus, Worli Sea Face,Mumbai – 8, Maharashtra, 40001, IN)
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Claims:
C LAIM S :

1. A bicycle stand (100) for a bicycle, the bicycle stand (100) comprising: a base (104) fixed with a plurality of arms (106), the plurality of arms (106) mounted across a wheel hub (108) of the bicycle, said base (104) pivotably rotatabl e around the wheel hub ( 108); and a locking means (110) mounted on at least one side (X or Y ) of the wheel hub (108), the locking means (110) locks the base (104) at a predetermined angle to park the bicycle on the base (104) in a vertical positi on with respect to the ground.

2. The bicycle stand as claimed in claim 1, wherein the base (104) has a plurality of branches (112) hingedly fixed on a periphery of the base (104), the plurality of branches (112) balances the bicycle parked in the vertical position perpendicularly with respect to the ground.

3. The bicycle stand as claimed in claim 1, wherein the base (104) pivotably rotates by a rotation angle of at least 270° around the wheel hub (108).

4. The bicycle stand as claimed in claim 1, wherein the locking means (110) comprises a disc (110A) with a plurality of grooves (110B) and a guiding means (110C).

5. The bicycle stand as claimed in claim 1, wherein the guiding means (110C) has at least one locking shaft (S) hingedly attached to a spring actuating lever (L), the spring actuating lever (L) reciprocates the locking shaft (S) to urge the locking shaft (S) in any one of the plurality of grooves ( 110B ) f or I ocki ng the base ( 104) at the predetermi ned angl e.

6. The bicycle stand as claimed in claim 5, wherein the spring actuating lever (L) reciprocates the shaft to urge the shaft (S) in any one of the plurality of grooves (110B) to lock a bicycle frame (114), the bicycle frame (114) is fixed with the wheel hub (108).

7. The bicycle stand as claimed in any one of the foregoing claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the locking means (110) and the plurality of branches (112) are operated manually or by a mechanically operable device from a group of a push button device, a lever mechanism device.

8. The bicycle stand as claimed in any one of the foregoing claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the locking means (110) and the plurality of branches (112) are operated by an electronic device from a group of a signal transmitter" receiver device, a wired device, a wireless device, a Bluetooth device, a cell phone" based application device.

9. The bicycle stand as claimed in claim 1, wherein the locking means (11) is a ratchet and pawl system.

10. The bicycle stand as claimed in claim 1, wherein the bicycle has a pair of foldable handles (116) which are slid'in telescopi cally, or the pair of foldable handles (116) are hingedly attached to the bicycle frame (114) to fold in multiple directions.

Description:
A BICY C L E PA R K ING STA ND FOR A BICY C L E T E C H NICAL FIE L D OF INV E NTION The present invention relates to a bicycle parking stand for a bicycle. BAC K G ROU ND O F T H E INV E NT ION

The rising levels of pollution due to emission of carbon " based pollutants in the atmosphere is a grave problem world over. One of the ways to address this problem is by minimizing use of vehicles which run on fossil fuels. In developing countries, such as India, transportation systems that are used for commuting are generally overstressed due to an ever " burgeoning population. Besides, fuel prices are always on a rise.

As an alternative to the overstressed carbon " based transportation systems, many common people have resorted to using bicycles, even in urban areas. In fact, many countries encourage use of non ' fossil fuel " based modes of transportations such as bicycles. As bicycles do not require fossil fuels, they do not spew any carbon- based emissions in the atmosphere. Due to an increase in use of bicycles for daily transportation and commute has led to a problem of finding dedicated space to park the bicycles.

Parking of bicycles in public areas is always a glaring reality. In fact, bicycles parked on footpaths, or on roadsides, or any other convenient place, can be seen regularly. This leads to unnecessary inconvenience to pedestrians walking on the footpaths where the bicycles are parked. The bicycles parked on the roadsides also create obstructions and hamper smooth flow of traffic on the road.

Presently, bicycles are parked with the help of side stand or kickstand. Conventional kickstands include a pair of clamp members which clamp the usual pair of rear fork members therebetween and the support arm is pivoted on a generally transverse axis to a bracket portion of the lower clamp member. A spring and cam arrangement carried by the bracket portion retains the support arm in either a vehicle supporting position or a retracted generally horizontal position. Variations in the cross sections of fork members of different vehicles, such as flattened or elliptical cross sections, present further difficulties in mounting the kickstands and the varying fork angles, cross sectional configurations, and height from the ground necessitate providing a great number of kickstand styles and sizes to suit various bicycles and similar vehicles. Further, the support arms park the bicycle in angular relation which changes when weight is applied at parking position. However, bicycles parked by known kickstands are parked with the whole bicycle standing at an acute angle with respect to the ground " as viewed from front or back sides of the bicycle. A series of similarly parked bicycles end up consuming additional space. As the bicycles parked in a series with each bicycle parked on the kickstand, an accidental tripping of the bicycle thereby causing damage to all the bicycles involved in such freak accident, cannot be disregarded.

Conventional dedicated parking arrangements include a plurality of spaced apart pairs of semicircular bars bicycle stands in which the front wheel of the bicycle is inserted between the space for parking. However, this parking arrangement again consumes large ground space.

Hence, there is also a need for a solution wherein the bicycles parked in a public parking area can overcome at least one of the problem of the prior art.

SU M MA RY OF T H E PR E SE NT INV E NT ION:

In order to overcome the above-mentioned problem, the present invention provides a bicycle stand for a bicycle, the bicycle stand comprising: a base fixed with a plurality of arms, the plurality of arms mounted across a wheel hub of the bicycle, said base pivotably rotatable around the wheel hub and a locking means mounted on at least one side of the wheel hub. According to the present invention, the locking means locks the base at a predetermined angle to park the bicycle on the base in a vertical position with respect to the ground. B RIE F DE SC RIPT ION OF D RAWINGS:

Fig. 1 shows an isometric view of a bicycle parked in a vertical position as per an embodiment of the present invention;

Fig. 2 shows an isometric view of a locking means for parking the bicycle in the vertical position seen in Fig. 1 as per an embodiment of the present invention;

Fig. 3 shows a back side view of a bicycle with the locking means seen in Fig. 2 (during working) mounted on the wheel hub of the bicycle as per an embodi ment of the present i nventi on;

Figs. 4 and 5 show a carrier with branches, respectively in a working and a non ' working conditions, both seen in top view as per embodiments of the present invention;

Figs. 6 " 9 show various positions of the carrier during working as per embodiments of the present invention; and

Fig. 10 shows an isometric view of a bicycle parked in a vertical parking position on an incline or a slope as per an embodiment of the present invention.

B RIE F DE SC RIPT ION OF T H E INV E NTION: While this invention is susceptible of embodiments in many different forms, there is shown in the drawings and will herein be described in detail, a preferred embodiment of the invention with the understanding that the present disclosure is to be considered as an exemplification of the principles of the invention and is not intended to li mit the broad aspects of the i nventi on to the embodi ment i 11 ustrated.

T he subject matter is now described with reference to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals are used to refer to like features / elements throughout. In the following description, for purposes of explanation, numerous specific detai ls are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of the claimed subject matter. It may be evident however, that such matter can be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known structures are shown in diagram form to facilitate descri bi ng the i nventi on.

Accordingly, provided herewith is a bicycle stand for a bicycle, the bicycle stand comprising: a base fixed with a plurality of arms, the plurality of arms mounted about a wheel hub of the bicycle to pivotably rotate the base about the wheel hub and a locking means mounted on at least one side of the wheel hub, the locking means locks the base at a predetermined angle, wherein the base parks the bicycle on the base in a vertical position with respect to the ground. Advantageously, the bicycle stand is adapted to the back wheel in a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Alternatively, the bicycle stand can be adapted on the front wheel of the bicycle also.

Fig. 1 illustrates an isometric view of a bicycle parked in a vertical parking position with respect to the ground with the help of the bicycle stand (100), as per an embodiment of the present invention. The bicycle stand (100) comprises a carrier (102) having a base (104) fixed with a plurality of arms (106). The plurality of arms (106) is mounted across a wheel hub (108) of the bicycle, such that the carrier (102) along with its base (104) is able to pivotably rotate around the wheel hub (108), as per an embodiment of the present invention. The bicycle parking stand (100) further includes a locking means (110), a plurality of branches (112), and foldable handles (116).

In an embodiment of the present invention, the foldable handles (116) are hingedly attached such that the foldable handles (116) are rotatably folded inwardly, outwardly or in any preferred suitable direction. It shall be clear to a person skilled in the art that the foldable handles (116) can also be folded upwardly, downwardly, or can be slid ' in telescopi cally. In an embodiment of the present invention, the foldable handles (116) can be completely detached.

Referring to Figs. 1 and 6 " 9, it is seen that the carrier (102) through its arms (106) are mounted around the wheel hub (108). Therefore, the carrier (102) or its base (104) is able to pivotably rotate around the wheel hub (108). The carrier (102), as per an embodiment of the present invention, can be pivotably mounted on a front or a back wheel (W) of the bicycle. Effectively, the base (104) of the carrier (102) through the carrier arms (106) has ability to rotate around the wheel (W). The carrier (102) is rotatable around the wheel hub (108) of the wheel (W) by a rotation angle of about 270e. Hence, parking of the bicycle vertically at any angular position on the ground is facilitated. The plurality of branches (112) are hingedly fixed on a periphery of the carrier base (104). Effectively the base (104) provides a firm balance to the bicycle during working of the bicycle stand (100).

Referring to Figs. 2 and 3 shows a locking means (110) according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. The locking means (110) as shown in Fig. 2 comprises a disc (11 OA) having a plurality of grooves (110B) and a guiding means (110C). The disc (110A) and the guiding means (110C) are mounted opposite to each other, as per an embodiment shown in Fig. 2. Therefore, it shall be clear to a person skilled in the art that the disc (110A) and the guiding means (110C) are oppositely facing. The locking means (110) is mounted on at least one side (X or Y ) of the wheel hub (108), as per an embodiment of the present invention. However, it shall be clear to a person skilled in the art that the locking means (110) can be mounted on both sides (X and Y ) of the wheel hub (108), as per a preferred embodiment of the present invention shown in Fig. 3. Again referring to Figs. 2 and 3, the guiding means (110C) has at least one shaft (S) which is hingedly attached to a spring actuating lever (L). The spring actuating lever (L) reciprocates the shaft (S) to urge the shaft (S) in any one of the plurality of grooves (10B) for locking the carrier (102) or the base (104) at the predetermined angle, as per an embodiment of the present invention. It shall be clear to a person skilled in the art that a plurality of spring actuating levers (L) which reciprocate corresponding to shafts (S) can also be implemented, as per an embodiment shown in Figs. 2 and 3. Referring to Fig. 3, the spring actuating lever (L) operates with assistance of a spring (110D), and reciprocates the shaft (S) to urge the shaft (S) in any one of the plurality of grooves (110B). Further, movement of the spring actuating lever (L) can be locked by known means to avoid theft of the bicycle when it is parked on the parking stand as per an embodiment of the present invention. Therefore, a bicycle frame (114) which is fixed through a frame shaft (111) with the wheel hub (108) is also locked during working, as per an embodiment seen in Fig. 3. Advantageously, the locking means (110) also locks the wheel (W) of the bicycle during working of the present invention, to avoid free rotation of the wheel (W) of the bicycle. It shall be understood by a person skilled in the art that the locking means (110) can be operated manually, as well as by a known electronic or a known mechanical means. As per an embodiment of the present invention, the locking means (110) and the plurality of carrier branches (112) can be operated by a system similar to a hand brake wire system, or by a manually operable mechanical device from a group of a push button device, a lever mechanism device. To elaborate, a lever or an actuating means is affixed to an economically suitable place on the bicycle, e.g. on the frame (114) or chassis, or the handle (116) etc. The lever when pressed by the user, actuates a wire which disengages the locking means (110). The carrier (102) along with its base (104) can thereafter be lifted manually and locked at a desired rotation angle with the help of the guiding means (110C). As per an embodiment of the present invention, the locking means (110) comprises a shaft and groove arrangement which engage / disengage with each other such that the carrier (102) can be locked and restrained at a predetermined rotation angle. As per yet another embodiment of the present invention, a ratchet and pawl system can be implemented as a locking means (110). As the carrier (102) or the base (104) is rotated around the wheel (W), the pawl allows such rotation of the carrier (102) without engaging with the ratchet. As the carrier (102) is positioned at a desired rotation angle the ratchet engages with the pawl to lock the base (104) in its place.

The locking means (110) can also be operated by any known electronic device which is actuated and operated with the help of known electronic systems e.g. a Bluetooth system, or any known signal transmitter " receiver actuator system. As per an embodiment of the present invention, the locking means (110) and the plurality of carrier branches (112) are operated by an electronic device from a group of a signal transmitter " receiver device, a wired device, a wireless device, a Bluetooth device, a cell phone ' based application device, etc. The electronic system activates or controls a motor (not shown) which helps in automatically rotating the carrier (102) along with its base (102) around the wheel (W). In short, the rotation of the carrier ( 102) or base ( 104) around the wheel (W), the worki ng of the locki ng means (110), and operation of the branches (112) is possible by electronic means, as per an embodiment of the present invention.

Figs. 4 and 5 show the base (104) of the carrier (102) of the bicycle stand (100) having a plurality of carrier branches (112) respectively in working and non ' working conditions, as per an embodiment of the present invention. As seen in Fig. 4, the carrier branches (112) in working condition are rotatably or telescopi cally positioned such that the base (104) provides additional support to the base to park the bicycle with a firm base on the ground when the carrier (102). This way, the carrier (102) through its base (104) is placed parallelly with the ground. Fig. 5 shows the carrier branches (112) in a non ' working condition when the base (104) is used to carry luggage on the bicycle.

Figs. 6 " 9 show various positions of various positions of the carrier (102) during working as per an embodiment of the present invention. The carrier (102) is in a non ' working position as seen in Fig. 6. At this position, the base (104) of the carrier (102) can be used as a luggage carrying means over which lugguage can be placed or as a double seat while a user is riding the bicycle. When the user wants to vertically park the bicycle as per an embodiment of the present invention, the user unlocks the spring actuating lever (L). Therefore, the carrier (102) along with its base (104), through the carrier arms (106), is pivotably rotated around the wheel hub (108) of the wheel (W) by the user, either manually or by a known electronic means or a known mechanical means. That way, the carrier (102) can be positioned at any predetermined rotation angle, around the hub (108) of the wheel (W), as seen in Figs. 7 " 9. For ease of rotation of the carrier (102) around the wheel (W) a coil spring (not shown) is implemented. One end of the coil spring is fastened to the carrier (102), whereas the opposite end of the coil spring is fastended to the bicycle body / frame (114). In working condition, as the carrier (102) is rotated around the wheel (5) the energy stored in the coil spring assists in easy rotation of the carrier (102) around the wheel (W). As seen in Fig. 9, the base (104) of the carrier (102), with the carrier branches (112) in working condition, is rotated and the base (104) is placed parallel to the ground. It shall be clear to a person skilled in the art that the bicycle can be parked with both wheels of the bicycle resting on the ground, as seen in Fig. 9. As again seen in Fig. 1 again, the handles (116) are folded. Thereafter, the bicycle is lifted by hand such that the whole bicycle rotates around the wheel hub (108) to stand vertically and is parked on the base (104). The carrier branches (112) provide a firm base to the parking stand ( 100) . T he user then uses ( rel eases) the spri ng actuati ng I ever ( L ) to urge the shaft (S) in one of the grooves (11 OB) to lock the frame (116) and wheel (W), as seen in Fig. 1. Therefore, the bicycle is parked on the base (104), as seen in Fig. 1. Effectively, the locking means (110) locks the base (104) of the carrier (102) to park the bicycle on the base (104) perpendicularly in a vertical position with respect to the ground. In other words, the bicycle is not parked at an incline as seen when it is parked with a kickstand or a side stand as the bicycle does not make an acute angle with respect to the ground surface. This feature of the present invention helps in conserving ground space as well as provides safe parking of the bicycle thereby avoiding accidental tripping of the bicycle.

The locking means (110) helps in locking the carrier (102) at multiple angular positions, hence the bicycle can be parked vertically on an inclined surface as seen in Fig. 10. The bicycle stand (100) as per an alternate embodiment of the present invention helps in parking the bicycle over any angle of the ground surface, i.e. parking of the bicycle is possible on a flat ground surface, or an inclined ground surface, as seen in Figs. 1, 9 and / or 10. In any event, the bicycle as a whole is parked in perpendicularly vertical position with respect to the ground. Therefore, parking of the bicycle at an acute angle with respect to the ground when the bicycle is parked on a kickstand or a side stand, is completely overcome in the present invention. According to the present disclosure, a bicycle parked with the help of the bicycle parking stand as per an embodiment of the present invention conserves less ground space and parks the bicycle firmly and easily at any place including user ' s home. The bicycle stand of the present invention allows parking of the bicycle perpendicularly vertical with respect to the ground thereby overcoming the drawbacks associated with parking the same bi cycl e with a si de stand or ki ckstand.