(19)
(11)EP 2 628 667 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
12.09.2018 Bulletin 2018/37

(21)Application number: 13168128.0

(22)Date of filing:  23.06.2009
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B62H 5/00  (2006.01)
E05B 71/00  (2006.01)
E05B 67/38  (2006.01)
E05B 67/00  (2006.01)
E05B 47/00  (2006.01)
E05B 67/24  (2006.01)

(54)

Portable lock with modular cable

Tragbares Schloss mit Kabel

Antivol portable doté d'un câble modulaire


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK TR

(30)Priority: 25.06.2008 US 75600
22.09.2008 US 98961

(43)Date of publication of application:
21.08.2013 Bulletin 2013/34

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
09770860.6 / 2300676

(73)Proprietor: Ingersoll-Rand Company
Davidson, NC 28036 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • Zuraski, Robert D.
    Taunton MA 02780 (US)

(74)Representative: Roberts, Peter David 
Marks & Clerk LLP 1 New York Street
Manchester M1 4HD
Manchester M1 4HD (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A2- 0 641 909
DE-U1-202004 005 928
US-A- 5 189 893
US-A- 6 158 092
US-B1- 6 360 571
DE-U1- 20 118 686
DE-U1-202006 006 503
US-A- 5 440 904
US-A1- 2006 150 691
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] The present invention relates to a portable lock. The present invention relates to a portable lock with a modular design.

    [0002] Bicycle locks include two primary types of locks. The first is a U-bolt type lock of the kind manufactured by Kryptonite Locks. The U-bolt type lock is essentially comprised of large, solid U-shaped bolt, which is typically made of hardened steel, and a padlock that attaches to the ends of the U-bolt. The lock is carried on the bicycle in a holder or bracket.

    [0003] A second common type of bicycle lock is a cable lock. The cable is usually composed of twisted strands of steel wire. The cable wire is commonly encased in a plastic or rubber cover. The cable is normally coiled for convenience of storage. One end of the cable is permanently fixed to a lock body or casing. The second end of the cable includes a locking pin or bolt-like tip, which may be attached into and removed from the lock body when the locking mechanism is activated or deactivated. The locking mechanism typically includes a key operated lock, although some cable lock devices utilize a combination lock.

    [0004] Various brackets exist in the bicycle market for both types of locks.

    [0005] US5440904A discloses a lock that includes a shackle for locking a wheeled cycle and includes a cable for locking the wheeled cycle to another object. Two catches are slidably engaged in the lock and each has a knob extended outward beyond the lock, the catches may engage with the ends of the cable so as to retain the ends within the lock. Two pins are slidably engaged in the block and are forced toward the catches to engage with the catches so as to lock the catches in place when the shackle is engaged in the lock

    [0006] DE20118686U1 discloses a bicycle lock with locking device.

    [0007] US6360571B1 discloses a lock assembly that includes an elongated shackle having an engagement portion. A lock housing has an open interior and at least one opening for receiving a portion of a lock. The lock housing has at least one opening for receiving the engagement portion of the shackle. A lock member is dimensioned to fit within the open interior of the lock housing and to engage the engagement portion of the shackle. A lock body is adapted for engagement to an end of the lock member and is adapted to prevent the removal of the lock member from the engagement portion of the shackle. The lock and lock member are protected by the lock housing to substantially prevent unauthorized tampering.

    [0008] US2006/150691A1 discloses a bicycle lock that gives the user the security of a second bicycle lock for locking components, such as the front wheel, and the advantage of storing the second lock conveniently next to, or within, the confines of the first lock. The plurality of locks are conveniently connected and stored together, when the locks are not in use; each lock works independently when not connected and stored together.

    [0009] DE202004005928U1 discloses a holder for the attachment of accessories on a bicycle comprising a housing in the socket of which is installed a rotatable core on which is fixed one end of a band leading out of the housing. The other end of the band has a buckle which is releasably fastened in a buckle holder of the housing. The latter end of the band is fastened to the buckle with longitudinal adjustment capability. A gear ring orientated orthogonally to the rotational axis of the core is constructed on the core and provided with axially orientated locking teeth to interact with a locking tooth on the housing.

    [0010] DE202006006503U1 discloses a pipe clip assembly that has a main body, a lock, a clamp and a strip. The lock is fitted at the main body with a locking section and a pressure section to lock the strip in one position and the clamp in another setting. The clamp, at the main body, can be rotated between two positions to act on at least one rack segment and a bolt. The strip has a joint section at one end at the main body and a toothed length held down by the pressure section of the lock.

    [0011] US6158092A discloses a buckle device that includes a main body, a rotational retaining member rotatably mounted to the main body, and a buckle having an end connected to the rotational retaining member to pivot therewith. The other end of the buckle further includes an engaging plate for releasably engaging with an engaging member of the main body. The rotational retaining member includes two shaft halves having a slit therebetween through which a free end of a strap extends. The free end of the strap wraps around the shaft halves and extends through the slit between the shaft halves when the engaging plate on the buckle engages with the engaging member of the main body.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0012] The present invention provides a lock body according to claim 1.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0013] 

    Fig. 1 is a front elevation view of a cable lock assembly in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, with the cable removed for clarity.

    Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the cable lock assembly of Fig. 1.

    Fig. 3 is a bottom plan view of the cable lock assembly of Fig. 1.

    Fig. 4 is an exploded isometric view of the cable lock assembly of Fig. 1. Fig. 5 is an exploded isometric view similar to Fig. 4 showing the rear portion of the lock assembly.

    Fig. 6 is an exploded isometric view similar to Fig. 4 showing the front portion of the lock assembly.

    Fig. 7 is an assembled elevation view of the rear portion of the lock assembly of Fig. 1 in a locked condition.

    Fig. 8 is an assembled perspective view of the rear portion of the lock assembly of Fig. 1 in a locked condition.

    Fig. 9 is an assembled elevation view of the rear portion of the lock assembly of Fig. 1 in an unlocked condition.

    Fig. 10 is an assembled perspective view of the rear portion of the lock assembly of Fig. 1 in an unlocked condition.

    Fig. 11 is an isometric view of a lock assembly in accordance with an alternative embodiment not forming part of the present invention.

    Fig. 12 is an exploded isometric view of the lock assembly of Fig. 11. Fig. 13 is an isometric view of an exemplary inner housing of the lock assembly of Fig. 11.

    Fig. 14 is a cross-sectional view of the lock assembly of Fig. 11 in a locked condition.

    Fig. 14A is a cross-sectional view of an alternative lock assembly in a locked condition.

    Fig. 15 is a cross-sectional view similar to Fig. 14 illustrating the cam member in an unlocked position.

    Fig. 16 is a cross-sectional view similar to Fig. 15 illustrating the cable legs as they are removed from the lock body.

    Fig. 17 Is a plan view of a bracket assembly in accordance with an alternative embodiment not forming part of the present invention.

    Fig. 18 is an exploded isometric view of the bracket assembly of Fig. 17.

    Fig. 19 is a front isometric view of an exemplary lock assembly prior to engagement with the bracket assembly of Fig. 17.

    Fig. 20 is a rear isometric view similar to Fig. 19.

    Fig. 21 is a cross-sectional of an exemplary lock assembly connected to the bracket assembly of Fig. 17.

    Fig. 22 is a cross-sectional view similar to Fig. 21 but perpendicular thereto.

    Fig. 23 is a bottom isometric view of the bracket assembly with an elastomeric shim supported thereon.

    Figs. 24A-24H illustrate an exemplary method of attaching the bracket assembly of Fig. 17.

    Fig. 25 is an isometric view of a lock assembly with a lock assembly body of the present invention.

    Fig. 26 is a cross-sectional view of the lock assembly of Fig. 25 in a locked condition.

    Figs. 27A-27F illustrate various exemplary modular configurations in which the lock assemblies not forming part of the present invention may be utilized.

    Figs. 28A-28H illustrate various exemplary modular configurations in which the lock assemblies of the present invention may be utilized.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



    [0014] Referring to Figs. 1-10, a lock assembly 10 includes a lock body 20 which defines a pair of locking member openings 23. Each opening 23 is configured to receive a locking leg 12 (see Figs. 7-10) of a cable lock. While the cable described has locking leg on each end, the cable may take any form of a length of lock material, for example, but not limited to, a cable or a chain, having two free ends, with at least one of the ends having a locking leg 12.

    [0015] The lock body 20 includes a through opening 49 in which is aligned the key slot 83 of a key lock cylinder 80 configured to receive a key (not shown) to unlock the lock assembly 10. As shown in phantom in Fig. 1, the lock assembly 10 also Includes an electronic sensor 59, for example, an RF receiver, configured to receive an unlock signal from an electronic transmitter 150 which will then actuate an electronic drive as described in more detail below. The illustrated electronic transmitter 150 includes an unlock button 152 and a button 154 configured to operate a light on the transmitter 150, but such is not required. Additionally, a signal button 152 may not be required, but instead, the sensor 59 may be configured to sense when the transmitter 150 is within a given range. While a sensor 59 is described, such is not required as the lock assembly 10 may be operated with a key, combination or any other mechanical or electrical lock mechanism.

    [0016] Referring to Figs. 4, 5 and 7-10, within the rear portion of the lock assembly 10 is a rear internal lock body 22. The rear internal lock body 22 includes a pair of opposed leg grooves 24 which align with the openings 23. Similar grooves 54 are provided on the front internal lock body 50. Adjacent to each leg groove 24 is a latch groove 26 configured to pivotally support a corresponding latch 72. Each latch 72 includes a body 74 extending between a contact end 75 and a engagement end 77. Posts 76 extend from the body 74 and pivotally support the latch 72 in the respective groove 26. A biasing spring 73 extends between the groove 26 and the body 74 to bias the latch 72 toward a locked position (see Figs. 7 and 8). In this locked position, the engagement end 77 engages a forward channel 13 on a respective leg 12, thereby locking the leg 12 within the lock body 20.

    [0017] A pair of release plates 110 and 112 are supported in a transverse support groove 32 extending in the front and rear internal bodies 50 and 22. In the locked position, the contact ends 75 of the latches 72 contact the release plates 110 and 112 and, based on the springs 73, bias the plates 110 and 112 inward. An actuator mechanism 100 is positioned between the plates 110 and 112 and is configured to selectively urge the plates 110 and 112 outward, as described below, against the spring 73 bias to pivot the latches 72 about the posts 76 such that the engagement ends 77 disengage from the channels 13 (see Figs. 9 and 10).

    [0018] Referring to Figs. 5, 7-10, the actuator mechanism 100 has a rotational body 102 with an engagement section 106 and a drive section 104 depending therefrom. The drive section 104 has a cross section configured to be received in and driven by either a key drive gear 86 or a key joining plate 84, as described below. The engagement section 106 has a double-D configuration, i.e. a narrow width w (see Fig. 7) in one orientation and a wider width W (see Fig. 9) in a second orientation. The second orientation is rotated 90° relative to the first orientation in the present embodiment, but the invention is not limited to such. In the unlocked position, the engagement portion 106 is in the first orientation such that the narrow width is between the plates 110 and 112. When the actuator mechanism 100 is rotated toward the second orientation, the wider width of the engagement portion 106 contacts the plates 110 and 112 and urges them outwardly to disengage the latches 72 as described above, The actuator mechanism 100 also includes a stop contact 108 the function of which is described below, which moveable in a groove 34 within the body 20.

    [0019] The actuator mechanism 100 may be driven by either the key lock cylinder 80 or an electronic actuator 90. The key lock cylinder 80 includes a drive plate 82 which is rotatable when a correctly cut key is Inserted into the cylinder 80, as known in the art. The drive plate 82 contacts and thereby rotates a joining plate 84 which has a through hole 85 which matches the shape of the drive section 104. With the drive section 104 positioned in the through hole 85, rotation of the joining plate 84 via the drive plate 82 will cause rotation of the actuating mechanism 100.

    [0020] A key drive gear 86 is positioned above the joining plate 84 and also includes a through hole 87 configured to receive the drive section 104. The key drive gear 86 is configured to engage a electronic drive gear 94 such that rotation of the electronic drive gear 94 will cause the key drive gear 86, and thereby the actuator mechanism 100 to rotate independent of the key cylinder 80. The electronic drive gear 94 has a through hole 95 configured to receive and be driven by the output shaft 92 of an electronic actuator 90. The electronic actuator 90 is powered by batteries or the like (not shown) in a power compartment 44 within the body 20. The electronic actuator 90 is configured to receive an unlock signal from the sensor 59 and will begin driving the shaft 92 when such is received. A stop sensor 120 (see Fig. 6) is provided to stop the electronic actuator 90 once the actuator mechanism 100 has been sufficiently rotated. The stop sensor 120 has a stop switch 122 which is aligned with the stop contact 108. In the unlocked position (Figs. 7 and 8) the stop switch 122 is in a drive position such that the electronic actuator 90 is free to drive upon receiving an unlock signal. Once the actuator mechanism 100 has rotated to the unlocked position (Figs. 9 and 10), the stop contact 108 engages the stop switch 122 which thereby sends a stop signal to the electronic actuator 90.

    [0021] Referring to Figs. 4-6, the sensor 59 is supported by electronic control unit 58 which extends through an opening 56 in the front internal lock body 50. The stop sensor 120 is also supported in the front internal lock body 50. Securing plates 42 and 62 are preferably utilized to help secure the internal body components 22 and 50. Cover plates 40 and 60 enclose the internal body components 22 and 50. In the present embodiments the cover plates 40 and 60 includes tabs 43 and 63, respectively, configured to be received in notches 45 and 65, respectively, in the internal body components 22 and 50.

    [0022] While the present embodiment is described with both an electronic actuator and a mechanical actuator, the lock assembly 10 may be formed with either actuator, exclusive of the other, or in combination as shown and described.

    [0023] Referring to Figs. 11-16, an alternate embodiment of a lock assembly 210 includes a lock body 220 defined by opposed cover members 221 and 222. A pair of locking member openings 223 are defined through cover member 221. Each opening 223 is configured to receive a locking leg 212 of a cable lock. The lock body 220 includes a through opening 249 in which is aligned the key slot 283 of a key lock cylinder 280 configured to receive a key (not shown) to unlock the lock assembly 210. A cover 284 may be slidably positioned relative to the opening 249 to selectively cover the key slot 283. The lock assembly 210 is described with a mechanical actuator, but may also or alternatively include an electronic actuator similar to that described above.

    [0024] Positioned within the lock body 220 is an inner housing 224. The inner housing 224 defines a pair of leg openings 225 which align with the openings 223. A dead bolt passage 226 extends across the housing 224 perpendicular to and in communication with the leg openings 225. The dead bolt passage 226 is configured to axially support a pair of dead bolts 240 as will be described in more detail hereinafter. A lock cylinder opening 228 extends perpendicular to the dead bolt passage 226 between the leg openings 225. The lock cylinder opening 228 is configured to receive the lock cylinder 280 such that a cam member 282 extending from the lock cylinder 280 is positioned within the dead bolt passage 226.

    [0025] Referring to Figs. 13-16, the dead bolts 240 are positioned within the dead bolt passage 226 on opposite sides of the cam member 282. Each dead bolt 240 is retained in the dead bolt passage 226 by a respective dead bolt pin 242 received in a bore 241 in the dead bolt 240. The opposite end of each dead bolt pin 242 is received in a respective guide slot 244 extending through the inner housing 224 thereby defining the range of motion of the respective dead bolt 240. A biasing member 246, for example, a spring or the like, is positioned in each guide slot 244 and biases the respective dead bolt 240 axially outward to the lock position shown in Fig. 14. Other spring configurations, for example, a sping positioned about the dead bolt 240, may also be used. For example, as shown in Fig. 14A, the dead bolt 240' has a reduced diameter body 243 with a shoulder 245 defined at the head of the dead bolt 240'. The biasing member 246 is positioned about the reduced diameter body 243 and extends between the shoulder 245 and a shoulder 227 defined in the dead bolt passage 226. In the locked position, a portion of the dead bolt 240 engages a forward channel 213 on a respective leg 212, thereby locking the leg 212 within the lock body 220.

    [0026] The cam member 282 has a generally rectangular configuration and is movable between the locked position as shown in Fig. 14 and the unlocked position shown in Figs. 15 and 16. In the locked position, the cam member 282 is positioned such that its wider width W extends axially along the dead bolt passage 226. The cam member 282 extends between the dead bolts 240 and prevents them from moving axially inward, thereby locking the dead bolts 240 in engagement with the channels 213 of the legs 212.

    [0027] Upon insertion of a proper key into the key slot 283 and rotation of a portion of the lock cylinder 280, the cam member 282 is rotated to the unlocked position shown in Figs. 15 and 16. In this position, the narrow width w of the cam member 282 extends axially along the dead bolt passage 226. As shown in Fig. 15, even with the cam member 282 in the unlocked position, the biasing members 246 maintain the dead bolts 240 in the axially outward position such that the dead bolts 240 are engaged with the legs 212. However, a gap G is defined between each dead bolt 240 and the reduced width w of the cam member 282. As such, upon application of a removal force upon one of the legs 212, as indicated by arrow A in Fig. 16, the respective dead bolt 240 is forced axially inward against the biasing force based on the contour of the leg channel 213. In this way, the legs 212 are each individually releasable from the respective opening 223, but do not freely release without the application of a removal force.

    [0028] To resecure a leg 212, the leg 212 is inserted into the opening 223 and the respective dead bolt 240 again moves in response to the contour of the channel 213. Once the leg 212 Is fully inserted, the dead bolt 240 Is biased back to the locked position as shown in Fig. 15. The cam member 282 may then be rotated back to the locked position shown in Fig. 14 by turning the key in the cylinder 280.

    [0029] The lock assembly 210 of Figs. 11-16 is illustrated in conjunction with an exemplary bracket assembly 300. The lock assemblies described above may be used with other bracket assemblies and are not limited to the specifically illustrated bracket assembly 300. Additionally, the bracket assembly 300 illustrated herein may be utilized with locks having various configurations, including various cable locks and U-locks, and is not limited to the cable lock assemblies described herein.

    [0030] Referring to Figs. 17-22, the bracket assembly 300 will be described in detail. The bracket assembly 300 generally includes a bracket body 310 and an adjustable strap 330 configured to engage a buckle 340. Referring to Figs. 18, 20 and 22, a strap pin 332 is provided at one end of the strap 330. The strap pin 332 is received and retained in a strap groove 312 extending along the rear surface of the bracket body 310. The opposite end of the strap 330 is configured to engage the buckle 340 to thereby secure the bracket body 310 is a bicycle post or the like.

    [0031] Referring to Figs. 17 and 23, an elastomeric shim 370 may be provided to protect the bicycle frame and reduce slipping of the bracket assembly 300. In the present embodiment, a shim notch 372 is provided along the lower surface of the bracket body 310. A shim cross bar 374 extends across the notch 372 to define a shim passage 376 as shown in Fig. 16. The elastomeric shim 370 is fed through the passage 376 and is frictionally retained relative to the bracket body 310. Retainment of the shim 370 in the shim passage 376 ensures that the shim 370 is properly aligned with the strap 330 and simplifies installation as the user does not have to hold the shim 370 in place, but instead simply wraps the strap 330 about the shim 370.

    [0032] The exemplary buckle 340 includes opposed posts 342 that are received in a buckle groove 314 along the rear surface of the bracket body 310 such that the buckle 340 is pivotally supported in the buckle notch 316 defined along the bracket body 310. The buckle 340 includes a forward lift portion 344 and a rear crossbar 346. An engagement bar 348 extends across the buckle 340 between the lift portion 344 and the rear crossbar 346 such that the lift portion 344, engagement bar 348 and rear crossbar 346 define a tortuous path L (see Fig. 22) for the free end of the strap 330 to pass through. To Insert or remove the strap 330 from the tortuous path L, the lift portion 344 is lifted or the strap 330 is pulled up such that the buckle 340 pivots away from the surface of the notch 316. In this position, the strap 330 is free to be moved along the path L. Alternatively, after the buckle 340 is pivoted away from the surface 316, the posts 342 may be disengaged from the buckle groove 314 such that the bracket assembly 300 may be removed without removing the strap 330 from the buckle 340.

    [0033] To lock the strap 330 in position, with the posts 342 positioned in the buckle groove 314, the buckle 340 is pivoted to a locked position as shown in Fig. 22 wherein the lift portion 344 is adjacent the surface of the notch 316. The body 310 preferably includes a locking tab 318 adjacent to the notch 316 that engages the buckle 340 and retains it in the locked position, as shown in Fig. 17. Upon sufficient force on the lift portion 344, the locking tab 318 biases out of the locked position and allows lifting of the buckle 340. As illustrated in Fig. 18, the surfaces of the lift portion 344, engagement bar 348 and rear crossbar 346 may be provided with teeth 349 or the like to increase the holding force against the strap 330.

    [0034] While the strap 330 may be fed through and secured via the buckle 340 after the buckle 340 is attached to the bracket body 310, Figs. 24A-24H illustrate an alternative attachment method wherein the strap 330 is threaded through the buckle 340 prior to attachment of the buckle 340 to the bracket body 310. The bracket body 310 is placed on to the bicycle frame at a desired location and the shim 370 is held about the frame tube as illustrated in Fig. 24A. The strap 330 is then wrapped around the frame tube covering the shim 370 as shown in Fig. 24B. As the strap 330 is wrapped around, a portion of the strap 330 is slid into the strap retainer slot 321 on the side of the bracket body 310 as illustrated in Figs. 24C and D. This helps hold the strap 330 in position making it easier to complete the final mounting procedure. Holding the buckle 340 end, the strap 330 is wrapped over-up to the top of the bracket body 310 as shown in Fig. 24E. The buckle posts 342 are positioned into the buckle groove 314 on the bracket body 310 as shown in Fig. 24F. The free end of the strap 330 is placed on top of the portion of the strap extending through the buckle notch 316 as shown in Fig. 24G. The buckle 340 is closed over the two layers of the strap 330 so that it is at an approximately 90 degree position. There should be moderate tension on the strap 330 at this point. If not, the length of strap 330 extending through the buckle 340 may be adjusted, With the desired length of strap 330, the buckle 340 is pivoted into engagement with bracket body 310 until the buckle 340 engages the locking tab 318 as shown in Fig. 24H. With both methods of assembly, the bracket assembly 300 may be secured tightly to the bicycle frame without any toots.

    [0035] Alternatively, one or more screws 360 may be utilized to threadably mount the bracket body 310 to a bicycle frame, for example, at the customary frame mount positions.

    [0036] A pair of L-flanges 320 and 322 extend from the upper surface of the bracket body 310 and are configured to engage corresponding grooves 250 and 252 on the lock body 220. In the illustrated embodiment, the grooves 250 and 252 are provided in the cover 222 of the lock assembly 210. Again, the bracket assembly 300 is not limited to use with this lock configuration and may be used with any lock assembly having appropriately positioned grooves. Referring to Figs. 19-21, the lock assembly 210 is connected to the bracket assembly 300 by sliding the flanges 320 and 322 into the respective grooves 250 and 250. A slide fit is preferably provided to minimize rattling between the components. Alternatively or in addition thereto, one or more elastomeric members (not shown) may be provided between the flanges 320 and 322 and the grooves 350 and 352 to minimize rattling.

    [0037] In the present embodiment, a slide lock 350 is provided to further secure the lock assembly 210 relative to the bracket body 310. The slide lock 350 includes a contact portion 354 received in a slide groove 324 provided in the bracket body 310 adjacent to the flange 322. The slide groove 324 guides axial movement of the slide lock 350. A handle portion 352 extends from the contact portion 354 and is positioned outside of the groove 324 such that a user may move the slide lock 350. A spring or the like (not shown) extends between a post 326 within the groove 354 a receiving detent 356 or the like on the slide lock 350 to bias the slide lock 350 to a locked position wherein the contact portion 354 extends above the upper surface of the bracket body 310 as shown in Fig. 19.

    [0038] In the locked position, the contact portion 354 is configured to engage a contact surface 254 within the groove 252 (see Fig. 20). As the lock assembly 210 is engaged with the bracket assembly 300, the slide lock 350 recesses into the groove 324. Upon full connection, the slide lock 350 is biased to the locked position wherein the contact portion 354 engages the contact surface 254, thereby preventing inadvertent sliding between the components. To release the lock assembly from the bracket assembly 300, a user depresses the slide lock 350 via handle 352, thereby permitting sliding disengagement of the lock assembly from the flanges 320 and 322.

    [0039] Referring to Figs. 25 and 26, a lock assembly 410 that is an embodiment of the invention is shown. The lock assembly 410 includes a lock body 420 with opposed surfaces 421 and 422. A pair of locking member openings 423 are defined through surface 421 of the lock body 420 and a pair of locking member openings are defined through surface 422 of the lock body 420. While the surfaces 421 and 423 are opposed in the present embodiment, they do not have to be, but may instead be adjacent to one another. Furthermore, will a pair of openings 423, 425 is illustrated on two surfaces 421, 423, opening pairs may be provided on more than two surfaces. Each opening 423, 425 is configured to receive a locking leg 412 of a lock member. The lock members can be of various forms including, but not limited to, U-locks, cables, and chains, as will be described in more detail hereinafter. The lock body 420 includes a through opening 449 in which is aligned the key slot 483 of a key lock cylinder (not shown) configured to receive a key (not shown) to unlock the lock assembly 410. A cover 484 may be slidably positioned relative to the opening 449 to selectively cover the key slot 483. The lock assembly 410 of the present embodiment is described with a mechanical actuator, but may also or alternatively include an electronic actuator similar to that described above.

    [0040] An inner housing similar to that described with respect to Figs. 11-16 is provided within the lock body 420, however, the inner housing defines leg openings aligned with each of the openings 423, 425 and defines two dead bolt passages 426 perpendicular to and in communication with the leg openings. Each dead bolt passage 426 is configured to axially support a pair of dead bolts 440. A cam member 442 is supported in each dead bolt passage 426 between the respective dead bolts 440. In the present exemplary embodiment, each cam member 442 is supported by a gear member 483 with a toothed surface. A key gear 485 with a toothed surface is supported between the cam gear members 482 in alignment with the lock cylinder and receives a keyed portion 487 of the lock cylinder such that rotation of a key in the lock cylinder causes the key gear 485, and thereby the cam gear members 483 and cam members 442, to rotate. Other means of simultaneously or independently rotating the cam members 442 may be provided. The dead bolts 440 otherwise operate in the same manner as described above with respect to Figs. 11-16.

    [0041] With the modular assembly, various lock members, for example, cables 11, chains 15, U-bars 17, can be used with the lock bodies 20, 220, 420 for various locking configurations.

    [0042] For example, referring to Figs. 27A and 27B, the lock body 20, 220 can be rigidly mounted to the frame using a post and plug bracket 2 strapped around the frame. One of the posts 4 locks into the lock body 20, 220 and the locking leg 12, 212 into the bracket opening 3 to prevent detachment in use. Similarly, as illustrated in Figs. 28A and 28B, the lock body 420 may be supported by a double post bracket 2' which is strapped or otherwise attached to the frame. A pair of posts 4 extend from the bracket 2', with each post 4 configured to be received and secured in one of lock openings 423, 425.

    [0043] In the exemplary use as illustrated in Figs. 27C and 27D, two cables 11 with loops 13 may be used with the lock body 20, 220. Each looped cable 11 can be looped through the loop 13 and then have the leg 12, 212 secured to the lock body 20, 220 such that different parts of the bike can be secured to a post and or tree trunk providing added functionality compared to traditional cable locks. Similarly, Figs. 28C and 28D illustrate an exemplary use of lock body 420 with a U-bar 17 and a cable 11, each with a pair of legs 412. In Fig. 28C, the U-bar 17 extends about a post and connects to the lock body 420 while the cable 11 extends around the bicycle tire and connects to the lock body 420. In Fig. 28D, the cable 11 extends about a tree and connects to the lock body 420 while the U-bar 17 extends around the bicycle tire and connects to the lock body 420. Figs. 28E through 28H show exemplary component combinations, but the invention is not limited to such combinations and may have any number of combinations. Fig. 28E, shows a pair of lock bodies 420 joined by cables 11 and each lock body 420 further securing a respective U-bar 17. Fig. 28F shows a lock body 420 securing a pair of cables 11. Fig. 28G shows a lock body 420 securing a pair of U-bars 17. Fig. 28H shows a lock body 420 securing a pair of chains 15. In each case, the locking members (cables, chains, U-bars, etc.) have legs 412 configured to be received in the lock body openings 423, 425.

    [0044] Alternatively, as illustrated in Figs. 27E and 27F, the lock body 20, 220 can be used to secure items to a wall via a bracket mount 5. A shroud 7 covers the wall mount screws exposing a pin 6 for the lock body 20, 220 to attach. The cable 11 has one end with a locking leg 12, 212 and the other end with a loop 13 such that the cable 11 can be fed through the loop 13 and the locking leg 12, 212 secured in the lock body 20, 220. Similar wall mounts may also be utilized with the lock body 420.


    Claims

    1. A lock assembly body (420) comprising:

    a housing having first and second surfaces (421, 422), a pair of spaced apart first locking leg openings (423) defined along the first surface (421) and a pair of spaced apart second locking leg openings (425) defined along the second surface (422), each of the first and second locking leg openings configured to receive a locking leg (412) of a locking member; and

    a lock mechanism within the housing and associated with each of the first and second locking leg openings such that a locking leg positioned in the respective locking leg opening may be releasably secured by the locking mechanism;

    wherein the lock mechanism includes a contact member (440) associated with each locking leg opening, each contact member moveable between a retaining position wherein the contact member engages and retains a respective locking leg and a release position wherein the locking leg may be released from the lock body;

    a first and a second lock actuator (442), the first lock actuator engaging the contact members associated with the first locking leg openings and the second lock actuator engaging the contact members associated with the second locking leg openings wherein the first and the second lock actuators are moveable from between a retaining orientation, where the contact members can not be moved from the retaining position, and a release orientation, where the contact members may be moved from the retaining position to the release position, and wherein the first and second lock actuators are simultaneously controlled between the retaining orientation and the release orientation; and

    wherein the contact members are biased toward the retaining position and each contact member remains in engagement with the respective locking leg even when the corresponding lock actuator is in the release orientation and only moves to the release position upon the application of a releasing force on the respective locking leg.


     
    2. The lock assembly body (420) according to claim 1 wherein the lock members are selected from a group comprising a cable (11), a chain (15) and a U-bar (17)
     
    3. The lock assembly body (420) according to claim 1 wherein the first and second lock actuators (442) are controlled mechanically, electrically or a combination thereof.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Schlossbaugruppenkörper (420), umfassend:

    ein Gehäuse, das erste und zweite Flächen (421, 422), ein Paar an beabstandeten ersten Schlossschenkelöffnungen (423) definiert entlang der ersten Fläche (421) und ein Paar an beabstandeten zweiten Schlossschenkelöffnungen (425) definiert entlang der zweiten Fläche (422) aufweist, wobei jede von den ersten und zweiten Schlossschenkelöffnungen konfiguriert ist, um einen Schlossschenkel (412) eines Schlosselements aufzunehmen; und

    einen Schlossmechanismus innerhalb des Gehäuses und mit jeder von den ersten und zweiten Schlossschenkelöffnungen verbunden, sodass ein in der jeweiligen Schlossschenkelöffnung positionierter Schlossschenkel lösbar durch den Schlossmechanismus befestigt werden kann;

    wobei der Schlossmechanismus ein Kontaktelement (440) beinhaltet, das mit jeder Schlossschenkelöffnung verbunden ist, wobei jedes Kontaktelement zwischen einer Rückhalteposition, in der das Kontaktelement einen jeweiligen Schlossschenkel in Eingriff nimmt und zurückhält, und einer Freigabeposition, in der der Schlossschenkel von dem Schlosskörper freigegeben werden kann, beinhaltet;

    einen ersten und einen zweiten Schlossaktor (442), wobei der erste Schlossaktor die Kontaktelemente in Eingriff nimmt, die mit den ersten Schlossschenkelöffnungen verbunden sind und der zweite Schlossaktor die Kontaktelemente in Eingriff nimmt, die mit den zweiten Schlossschenkelöffnungen verbunden sind, wobei die ersten und die zweiten Schlossaktoren zwischen einer Rückhalteausrichtung, in der die Kontaktelemente nicht von der Rückhalteposition bewegt werden können, und einer Freigabeausrichtung, in der die Kontaktelemente von der Rückhalteposition zu der Freigabeposition bewegt werden können, bewegbar sind, und wobei die ersten und zweiten Schlossaktoren simultan zwischen der Rückhalteausrichtung und der Freigabeausrichtung gesteuert werden; und

    wobei die Kontaktelemente in Richtung der Rückhalteposition vorgespannt sind und jedes Kontaktelement in Eingriff mit dem jeweiligen Schlossschenkel bleibt, auch wenn sich der entsprechende Schlossaktor in der Freigabeausrichtung befindet und sich nur bei Ausübung einer Freigabekraft auf den jeweiligen Schlossschenkel in die Freigabeposition bewegt.


     
    2. Schlossbaugruppenkörper (420) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Schlosselemente aus einer Gruppe ausgewählt sind, die ein Kabel (11), eine Kette (15) und eine U-Leiste (17) umfasst.
     
    3. Schlossbaugruppenkörper (420) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die ersten und zweiten Schlossaktoren (442) mechanisch, elektrisch oder eine Kombination davon gesteuert werden.
     


    Revendications

    1. Corps d'assemblage antivol (420) comprenant :

    un boîtier ayant une première et une seconde surface (421, 422), une paire de premières ouvertures pour pieds de verrouillage (423) espacées l'une de l'autre et définies le long de la première surface (421) et une paire de secondes ouvertures pour pieds de verrouillage (425) espacées l'une de l'autre et définies le long de la seconde surface (422),

    chacune des premières et secondes ouvertures pour pieds de verrouillage étant configurée pour recevoir un pied de verrouillage (412) d'un élément de verrouillage ; et

    un mécanisme antivol dans le boîtier et associé à chacune des premières et secondes ouvertures pour pieds de verrouillage de sorte qu'un pied de verrouillage positionné dans l'ouverture pour pied de verrouillage respective puisse être fixé de manière amovible par le mécanisme antivol ;

    dans lequel le mécanisme antivol comprend un élément de contact (440) associé à chaque ouverture pour pied de verrouillage, chaque élément de contact étant mobile entre une position de retenue, dans laquelle l'élément de contact s'engage sur un pied de verrouillage respectif et le retient, et une position de libération, dans laquelle le pied de verrouillage peut être libéré du corps antivol ;

    un premier et un second actionneur d'antivol (442), le premier actionneur d'antivol s'engageant sur les éléments de contact associés aux premières ouvertures pour pieds de verrouillage et le second actionneur d'antivol s'engageant sur les éléments de contact associés aux secondes ouvertures pour pieds de verrouillage, dans lequel le premier et le second actionneur d'antivol sont mobiles entre une orientation de retenue où les éléments de contact ne peuvent se déplacer de la position de retenue, et une orientation de libération, où les éléments de contact peuvent se déplacer de la position de retenue à la position de libération et dans lequel les premier et second actionneurs d'antivol sont simultanément commandés entre l'orientation de retenue et l'orientation de libération ; et

    dans lequel les éléments de contact sont sollicités vers la position de retenue et chaque élément de contact reste en prise avec le pied de verrouillage respectif, même lorsque l'actionneur d'antivol correspondant est dans l'orientation de libération et ne se déplace dans la position de libération que lors de l'application d'une force de libération sur le pied de verrouillage respectif.


     
    2. Corps d'assemblage antivol (420) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel les éléments antivol sont choisis dans un groupe comprenant un câble (11), une chaîne (15) et une barre en U (17) .
     
    3. Corps d'assemblage antivol (420) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel les premier et second actionneurs d'antivol (422) sont commandés par voie mécanique, par voie électrique ou par une combinaison de celles-ci.
     




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