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Title:
A FRAME COMPRISING A SEAT TUBE THAT EXTENDS AT A DIFFERENT ANGLE THAN THE STEERING HEAD SHAFT, AND AN ADAPTER SUITABLE FOR USE THEREWITH
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2011/049445
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
There is disclosed a vehicle, in particular a bicycle or a motorcycle, which vehicle comprises a frame provided with a seat tube between a saddle to be fitted and a crank axle, and with a down tube between the crank axle and a steering head in which a rotatable steering head shaft is to be mounted, which steering head shaft makes an angle of A degrees with the horizontal through the crank axle. The angle which the seat tube makes with the aforesaid horizontal is more than 6 degrees smaller than the angle A. As a result, additional legroom is provided for tall people when the saddle is adjusted in upward direction, so that said people will less easily bump against the handlebars with their knees. The seat tube may be mounted against the down tube at a position forward of the crank axle.

Inventors:
DE KREEK, Pieter Samuël (Schoener 43-42, VZ Lelystad, NL-8243, NL)
Application Number:
NL2010/050696
Publication Date:
April 28, 2011
Filing Date:
October 20, 2010
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ENJOY SERVICES & DEVELOPMENT B.V. (Hollantse Hout 56, GC Lelystad, NL-8244, NL)
DE KREEK, Pieter Samuël (Schoener 43-42, VZ Lelystad, NL-8243, NL)
International Classes:
B62K3/02; B62J1/08; B62K3/06; B62K19/36
Domestic Patent References:
WO2005035346A22005-04-21
WO1986005457A11986-09-25
Foreign References:
EP0668209A11995-08-23
DE19620964A11997-11-27
DE3703312A11988-08-18
EP1792813A12007-06-06
DE20010137U12001-10-18
US2623573A1952-12-30
US6719257B12004-04-13
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KLAVERS, Kees (C.) W.A.M. (Markerkant 1201.20, AJ Almere, NL-1314, NL)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A vehicle, viz. a two-wheeled or multi-wheeled vehicle, such as a bicycle, a mountain bike, a tricycle, a moped, a motorcycle, which vehicle comprises a frame provided with a seat tube between a saddle to be fitted and a crank axle, and with a down tube between the crank axle and a steering head in which a rotatable steering head shaft is to be mounted, which steering head shaft makes an angle of A degrees with the horizontal through the crank axle, characterised in that the angle which the seat tube makes with the aforesaid horizontal is between 4 and 10 degrees, in particular between 5 and 8 degrees, more in particular about 6 degrees, smaller than the angle A, or more than 6 degrees smaller than the angle A.

2. A vehicle according to claim 1, characterised in that the seat tube is mounted against the down tube, forward of the crank axle, in particular in that the central axis of the seat tube is located more than 25 mm, more in

particular more than 40 mm, forward of the crank axle or the central axis of the crank axle.

3. A vehicle according to claim 1 or 2, characterised in that the down tube, or the central axis of the down tube, is located forward of the crank axle, or the central axis of the crank axle.

4. A vehicle according to any one of claims 1-3,

characterised in that the central axes of the seat tube and the down tube intersect at one point forward of the central axis of the crank axle.

5. A vehicle according to any one of claims 1-4,

characterised in that the frame is provided with an exchangeable adapter to be fitted between the saddle and the seat tube.

6. A vehicle according to claim 5, characterised in that the adapter is configured as an adapter that can be detached from the seat tube and/or from the saddle or the saddle pillar connected thereto.

7. A vehicle according to either one of claims 5 or 6, characterised in that the length of the adapter has been selected in dependence on the amount of legroom between the saddle and the handlebars that the driver needs.

8. A vehicle according to any one of claims 1-7,

characterised in that the seat tube is provided with a first clamping element, by means of which a saddle pillar inserted into the seat tube can be fixed in position.

9. A vehicle according to claim 8 with reference to according to any one of claims 5-7, characterised in that the adapter mounted on the seat tube, and a saddle pillar inserted therein, on which saddle pillar the saddle may be mounted, can be fixed to the saddle pillar clamping sleeve inserted into the seat tube by means of a second clamping element .

10. A vehicle according to claim 8 or 9, characterised in that the seat tube accommodates a seat tube clamp together with the saddle pillar clamping sleeve inserted therein, which are both fixed in position in the seat tube by means of the first clamping element.

11. A frame suitable for use in a vehicle according to any one of claims 1-10. 12. An adapter suitable for use in the frame according to claim 11.

13. An adapter according to claim 12, characterised in that said adapter is made of plastic material.

Description:
A FRAME COMPRISING A SEAT TUBE THAT EXTENDS AT A DIFFERENT ANGLE THAN THE STEERING HEAD SHAFT, AND AN ADAPTER SUITABLE FOR USE THEREWITH The present invention relates to a vehicle, viz. a two-wheeled or multi-wheeled vehicle, such as a bicycle, a mountain bike, a tricycle, a moped, a motorcycle, which vehicle comprises a frame provided with a seat tube between a saddle to be fitted and a crank axle, and with a down tube between the crank axle and a steering head in which a rotatable steering head shaft is to be mounted, which steering head shaft makes an angle of A degrees with the horizontal through the crank axle. The present invention also relates to a frame

suitable for use in such a vehicle and to an adapter for use in the frame.

Such a vehicle, for example in the form of a bicycle, is generally known.

In order to make known bicycles more suitable for use by taller riders, the saddle is adjusted for height in the longitudinal direction of the seat tube, parallel to the steering head shaft, thereby creating a greater freedom of movement.

The object of the present invention is to provide a vehicle in which even more space is gained by height adjustment of the saddle.

In order to accomplish that object, the vehicle according to the invention is characterised in that the angle which the seat tube makes with the aforesaid

horizontal is between 4 and 10 degrees, in particular between 5 and 8 degrees, more in particular about 6 degrees smaller than the angle A, or more than 6 degrees smaller - - than the angle A.

The advantage of the vehicle and the frame according to the invention is that the receding seat tube provides the rider of the vehicle with more legroom - not only in upward direction but also to the front in relation to the handlebars - upon adjustment in longitudinal direction of the saddle mounted thereon. This is important in particular in the case of larger and taller people, in order to prevent said people being squeezed in between the

handlebars and the saddle, also in a high position of the saddle, and having too little freedom of movement when rotating the pedals on the crank axle or even touching the handlebars with their knees. Thus the receding seat tube will automatically provide more freedom of movement upon height adjustment of the saddle.

One embodiment of the vehicle according to the invention is characterised in that the seat tube is mounted against the down tube, forward of the crank axle, in particular in that the central axis of the seat tube is located more than 25 mm, more in particular more than 40 mm, forward of the crank axle or the central axis of the crank axle.

This embodiment of the vehicle according to the invention has the advantage that it provides an improved setup and also enables in particular taller cyclists to assume a straighter position. It has been found that this also leads to an improved power transfer to the pedals.

Another embodiment of the vehicle according to the invention is characterised in that the frame is provided with an exchangeable adapter to be fitted between the saddle and the seat tube.

The advantage of using the adapter is that it

prevents the occurrence of play of the saddle and the - - saddle pillar on which the - possibly spring-loaded - saddle is mounted, resulting in an enhanced mechanical stability and an increased capacity to take up forces. Further possible embodiments as defined in the other claims and their concomitant advantages will be discussed in more detail in the description below.

The vehicle according to the present invention will now be explained in more detail with reference to the figures below, in which like parts are indicated by the same numerals. In the drawings:

Figure 1 shows a combination of possible embodiments of the bare frame provided with an adapter, which frame is suitable for use in the vehicle according to the invention; and

Figures 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D and 2E are views of the assembled components and of the individual components of said assembly, respectively, that are relevant as regards the joining together of the adapter and the frame.

Figure 1 shows a frame 1, in this case a possible two-wheeled vehicle, such as a bicycle, a mountain bike, a moped, a motor scooter or a motorcycle. In principle the vehicle may also be a multi-wheeled vehicle, such as a three-wheeled or a four-wheeled vehicle. As is shown, the frame 1, for example of a bicycle (not shown) , comprises a seat tube 2 , which is disposed between a saddle (not shown) and a crank axle 3 (schematically indicated) . The frame 1 further comprises a down tube 4, which extends between the crank axle 3 and a steering head 5. The steering head 5 is made up of a tube provided with bearings, in which a rotatable steering head shaft 6 with handlebars connected thereto is to be mounted. The steering head shaft 6, whose central axis is shown, makes an angle of A degrees with the horizontal through the crank axle 3. The angle which the seat tube 2, in particular the central axis of said seat tube, makes with the aforesaid horizontal is between 4 and 10 degrees, in particular between 5 and 8 degrees, more in particular about 6 degrees, smaller than the angle A. In the illustrated embodiment, the aforesaid angle is more than 6 degrees smaller than the angle A. As a result, additional space is created in upward direction when the aforesaid saddle is moved upwards, which space can be useful used by the rider, so that the latter' s knees will less easily bump against the handlebars while pedalling.

In another embodiment, which also has advantages for smaller people, because, on the contrary, the space that is available in forward direction is additionally limited in lower positions of the saddle, the lower crank axle end of the seat tube 2 is mounted forward of the crank axle 3, in particular against the down tube 4. In practice it generally suffices if the seat tube 2, or the central axis of said seat tube 2, is located more than 25 mm, in particular more than 40 mm, forward of the crank axle 3 or the central axis of the crank axle 3.

In a special embodiment shown in figure 1, the down tube 4, in particular the central axis of the down tube 4, intersects the horizontal forward of the crank axle 3 or the central axis thereof. In this way some additional space is nevertheless created also for smaller people, if desired. As the figure furthermore shows, the central axes of the seat tube 2 and the down tube 4 even intersect forward of the central axis of the crank axle 3 at one point, viz. point P.

The embodiments described in the foregoing provide additional freedom of design as regards the manner in which the technical functional requirements as regards the required dimensions and space can be realised.

Figures 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D and 2E are views of the assembled components at the saddle end of the seat tube 2 and of the individual components of said assembly, respectively. The frame 1 is provided with an adapter 7 mounted between the saddle and the seat tube 2 , which adapter is exchangeable and whose length depends on the length along which the saddle with its saddle pillar 8 extends above the saddle end of the seat tube 2, and thus on the length of the rider. The conical shape (in upward direction) of the adapter 7, which is generally made of plastic material, gives the bicycle as a whole a more acceptable appearance. The length of the adapter 7 is usually selected in dependence on the amount of legroom between the saddle and the handlebars that the rider needs.

Disposed within the hollow seat tube 2 is a saddle pillar clamping sleeve 9, which is fixed therein by means of a first clamping element 10, for example a bolt or an expandable ring. Figure 2A shows an embodiment in which first a seat tube clamp 11 has been inserted into the saddle pillar end of the seat tube 2 and subsequently the saddle pillar clamping sleeve 9 has been inserted into the seat tube clamp 11, after which the two have been fixed in position in the seat tube 2 by means of the clamping element 10. The adapter 7, which is conical in shape in this embodiment, has subsequently been placed over the saddle pillar clamping sleeve 9 on the seat tube 2, with an adapter portion 12 having a limited diameter engaging hooks 13 (schematically indicated) , for example in the form of a ring which is open on one side. The saddle pillar 8 slips into the saddle pillar clamping sleeve 9 and a second clamping element 14 clamps the selected adapter 7 with the end of the saddle pillar clamping sleeve 9 firmly onto the saddle pillar 8.