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(11)EP 3 378 741 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
13.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/20

(21)Application number: 18163475.9

(22)Date of filing:  22.03.2018
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B62H 3/02  (2006.01)
B60R 9/10  (2006.01)
F16B 37/08  (2006.01)
F16B 2/08  (2006.01)
B60R 9/06  (2006.01)

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CLAMPING DEVICE FOR CONNECTING TO A FRAME OF A BICYCLE CARRY RACK

KLEMMVORRICHTUNG ZUR VERBINDUNG MIT EINEM RAHMEN EINES FAHRRADTRAGEGESTELLS

DISPOSITIF DE SERRAGE DESTINÉ À ÊTRE RELIÉ AU CADRE DE SUPPORT DE BICYCLETTE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL 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 RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 22.03.2017 TW 106109605

(43)Date of publication of application:
26.09.2018 Bulletin 2018/39

(73)Proprietor: King Rack Industrial Co., Ltd.
Taichung City (TW)

(72)Inventor:
  • Wang, Chiu-Kuei
    Taichung City (TW)

(74)Representative: Cabinet Chaillot 
16/20, avenue de l'Agent Sarre B.P. 74
92703 Colombes Cedex
92703 Colombes Cedex (FR)


(56)References cited: : 
DE-A1-102009 039 822
DE-U1-202015 105 394
FR-A1- 3 012 093
DE-U1-202014 101 765
DE-U1-202016 102 961
  
      
    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


    1. Fields of the invention



    [0001] The present invention relates to a clamping device for quickly being connected to the frame of a bicycle carry rack.

    2. Descriptions of Related Art



    [0002] The conventional bicycle carry rack is usually connected to a hitch ball on rear end of a vehicle, and the bicycle carry rack has a clamp device that has one end secured to a frame of the bicycle carry rack, and the other end of the clamp device holds the top tube, for example, of a bicycle so that the bicycle is carried with the vehicle. The conventional clamp device includes a tube, a first clamp unit for clamping the frame of the bicycle carry rack, a second clamp unit for holding the bicycle, and a fastening unit. The first and second clamp units are connected to two ends of the tube, and the fastening unit keeps the first and second clamp units together. The tube of the clamp unit has two end members respectively connected to two ends thereof. The two ends of the tube respectively contact the first and second clamp units. The first clamp unit includes a movable jaw and a fixed jaw. The fixed jaw is secured by the fastening unit, and the movable jaw has a recess in the rear side thereof so that the tube can be engaged with the recess. An entrance is formed in the movable jaw and located across the fastening unit. By fastening or loosing the fastening unit, and pushing the tube away from the first clamp unit, the movable jaw is controlled to clamp or separate from the frame of the bicycle rack. Even if the diameter of the frame is slightly larger, the tube can be pushed toward the movable jaw to ensure that the fixed jaw and the movable jaw reliably clamp the frame of the bicycle carry rack.

    [0003] After the tube is moved backward and the first clamp unit is released, the first clamp unit clamps the frame in reverse direction. Nevertheless, to clamp the first clamp unit to the frame in the reverse direction needs a certain level of skill, and the beginners need time to practice to easily finish the action.

    [0004] The present invention intends to provide a clamping device that can easily clamp the frame of the bicycle carry rack.

    [0005] FR 3 012 093 A1 discloses a clamping device for a bicycle carry rack according to the preamble of claim 1.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0006] The present invention relates to a clamping device for a bicycle carry rack, as defined in claim 1, and comprises a tube, a first clamp unit, a second clamp unit and a fastening unit. The first clamp unit and the second clamp unit are respectively located on two ends of the tube, and an end member is connected to one end of the tube. The fastening unit includes a pin which includes a head and a threaded end respective formed on two ends thereof. The pin extends through the first clamp unit, the tube, a spring, the second clamp unit and is threadedly connected to a knob by the threaded end. The fastening unit is connected between the first and second clamp units. The first clamp unit is a C-shaped unit and includes a clamping slot and an entrance which communicates with the clamping slot. A notch is defined in the first clamp unit and communicates with the entrance. The clamping slot of the first clamp unit is adapted to clamp the frame of a bicycle carry rack via the entrance. A pivotal portion is formed in the first clamp unit and transversely located below the clamping slot. The first clamp unit is pivotable about the pivotal portion. A receiving groove is defined in the first clamping unit. A contact portion is formed between the clamping slot and the receiving groove. A restriction recess defined in the first clamp unit and located opposite to the receiving groove, and the head is removably located in the restriction recess.

    [0007] According to the present invention, when the second clamp unit clamps, the spring pushes the end member to move the tube to travel a distance so that the head on the pin is separated from the restriction recess. The first clamp unit is pivoted and the contact portion contacts the tube. The clamping slot clamps the frame of the bicycle carry rack via the entrance, and the pin is engaged with the notch. The second clamp unit is released to force head on the pin to be engaged with the restriction recess.

    [0008] Preferably, the clamping slot includes a ridged portion which clamps the frame of the bicycle carry rack.

    [0009] Preferably, the clamping slot includes ridged portion on which a pad is put which is in contact with the frame of the bicycle carry rack.

    [0010] Preferably, a guide portion is formed at connection area between the clamping slot and the entrance. The guide portion guides the frame of the bicycle carry rack into the clamping slot.

    [0011] The advantages of the present invention are that the first clamp unit clamps the frame of bicycle carry rack by way of pushing the frame through the entrance, so that the users can easily complete the action.

    [0012] The clamping device can be used for the frames of bicycle carry rack of different sizes. The fastening unit pulls the first and second clamp units secured together to firmly connected the clamp device to the frame of bicycle carry rack.

    [0013] The present invention will become more obvious from the following description when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings which show, for purposes of illustration only, a preferred embodiment in accordance with the present invention.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0014] 

    Fig. 1 is a perspective view to show the clamp device of the present invention;

    Fig. 2 is an exploded view to show the clamp device of the present invention;

    Fig. 3 is a cross sectional view of the clamp device of the present invention;

    Fig. 4 shows that the second clamp unit clamps, and a distance is formed between the tube and the second clamp unit;

    Fig. 5 shows that the head on the pin is separated from the restriction recess;

    Fig. 6 shows that the first clamp unit is pivoted about the pivotal portion, and the pin is separated from the notch;

    Fig. 7 shows that the clamping slot is slightly opened to enlarge the entrance;

    Fig. 8 shows that the clamping slot is about to clamp the frame of the bicycle carry rack;

    Fig. 9 shows that the clamping slot clamps the frame of the bicycle carry rack;

    Fig. 10 shows that the first clamp unit is pivoted back and the pin is engaged with the notch again;

    Fig. 11 shows that the frame of the bicycle carry rack is clamped by the clamping slot of the first clamp unit, and

    Fig. 12 shows two clamping devices of the present invention are connected to the frame of the bicycle carry rack.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT



    [0015] Referring to Figs. 1 to 3, the clamping device for a bicycle carry rack of the present invention comprises a tube 30, a first clamp unit 10, a second clamp unit 20 and a fastening unit 40. The first clamp unit 10 and the second clamp unit 20 are respectively located on two ends of the tube 30, and an end member 31 is connected to one end of the tube 30 and is located close to the second clamp unit 20. The fastening unit 40 includes a pin 41 which includes a head 411 and a threaded end 412 respective formed on two ends thereof. The pin 41 extends through the first clamp unit 10, the tube 30, the second clamp unit 20, a spring 42, the second clamp unit 20 and is threadedly connected to a knob 43 by the threaded end 412. The spring 42 is connected to the second clamp unit 20 and used to allow the second clamp unit 20 to proceed clamping and opening actions. The fastening unit 40 is connected between the first and second clamp units 10, 20.

    [0016] As shown in Figs. 3, 5 and 6, the first clamp unit 10 is a C-shaped unit and includes a clamping slot 12 and an entrance 11 which communicates with the clamping slot 12. A notch 13 is defined in the first clamp unit 10 and communicates with the entrance 11. One end of the pin 41 that is connected to the head 411 is engaged with the notch 13. The clamping slot 12 of the first clamp unit 10 is used to clamp the frame 50 of a bicycle carry rack via the entrance 11. The first clamp unit 10 has a pivotal portion 14 which is transversely located below the clamping slot 12 so that the first clamp unit 10 is pivotable about the pivotal portion 14. A receiving groove 15 is defined in the first clamping unit 10. A contact portion 16 is formed between the clamping slot 12 and the receiving groove 15. A restriction recess 17 is defined in top of the first clamp unit 10 and located opposite to the receiving groove 15, and the head 411 is removably located in the restriction recess 17 of the first clamp unit 10.

    [0017] As shown in Fig. 4, when the second clamp unit 20 clamps, the spring 42 is compressed and separated from the end member 31, so that the tube 30 is moved to travel a distance "D". Therefore, the head 411 on the pin 41 is separated from the restriction recess 17 as shown in Fig. 5. The first clamp unit 10 is then able to be pivoted and the contact portion 16 contacts the tube 30 as shown in Fig. 6. The first clamp unit 10 is made by a material that has a certain level of flexibility, so that the clamping slot 12 can be slight enlarged as shown in Figs. 8 and 9, so that the size of the entrance 11 is enlarged. Therefore, the frame 50 for the bicycle carry rack can be easily pushed into the clamping slot 12 via the entrance 11 as shown in Figs. 8 and 9. As shown in Fig. 10, the first clamp unit 10 is then pivoted back, and the pin 41 is engaged with the notch 13. The second clamp unit 20 is then released, the recovery force of the spring 42 forces the head 411 on the pin 41 to be engaged with the restriction recess 17. By operating the knob 43 to lock the first and second clamp units 10, 20 relative to the tube 30. This pushing action to clamp the frame 50 of the bicycle carry rack by the clamping slot 12 is easy and convenient. Figs. 11 and 12 show the clamping devices of the present invention are connected to the frame 50 of the bicycle carry rack. The clamping force of the second clamp 20 can be adjusted by rotating the knob 43.

    [0018] Preferably, the clamping slot 12 includes ridged portion 121 on which provides better grip force when clamping the frame 50 of the bicycle carry rack. Alternatively, a pad made of soft material is put on the ridged portion 121 so that when the pad is in contact with the frame 50 of the bicycle carry rack, the frame 50 of the bicycle carry rack is not scratched by the second clamp 20.

    [0019] Preferably, a guide portion 122 is formed at connection area between the clamping slot 12 and the entrance 11. The guide portion 122 guides the frame 50 of the bicycle carry rack into the clamping slot 12.


    Claims

    1. A clamping device for a bicycle carry rack, comprising:

    a tube (30), a first clamp unit (10), a second clamp unit (20) and a fastening unit (40), the first clamp unit (10) and the second clamp unit (20) respectively located on two ends of the tube (30), an end member (31) connected to one end of the tube (30);

    the fastening unit (40) having a pin (41) which includes a head (411) and a threaded end (412) respective formed on two ends thereof, the pin (41) extending through the first clamp unit (10), the tube (30), a spring (42), the second clamp unit (20) and threadedly connected to a knob (43) by the threaded end (412), the spring (42) connected to the second clamp unit (20), the fastening unit (40) connected between the first and second clamp units (10, 20), and

    the first clamp unit (10) being a C-shaped unit and including a clamping slot (12) and an entrance (11) which communicates with the clamping slot (12), a notch (13) defined in the first clamp unit (10) and communicating with the entrance (11), the clamping slot (12) of the first clamp unit (10) adapted to clamp a frame (50) of a bicycle carry rack via the entrance (11), a pivotal portion (14) formed in the first clamp unit (10) and transversely located below the clamping slot (12), the first clamp unit (10) being pivotable about the pivotal portion (14), a receiving groove (15) defined in the first clamping unit (10), a contact portion (16) formed between the clamping slot (12) and the receiving groove (15), a restriction recess (17) defined in the first clamp unit (10) and located opposite to the receiving groove (15), and the head (411) removably located in the restriction recess (17),

    the clamping device being characterized in that the spring (42) is separated from the end member (31) by clamping the second clamp unit (20), and the tube (30) travels a distance so that the head (411) on the pin (41) is separated from the restriction recess (17), the first clamp unit (10) is pivoted and the contact portion (16) contacts the tube (30), the clamping slot (12) is adapted to clamp the frame (50) of the bicycle carry rack via the entrance (11), and the pin (41) is engaged with the notch (13), the second clamp unit (20) is released to force the head (411) on the pin (41) to be engaged with the restriction recess (17).


     
    2. The clamping device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the clamping slot (12) includes a ridged portion (121) which is adapted to clamp the frame (50) of the bicycle carry rack.
     
    3. The clamping device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the clamping slot (12) includes ridged portion (121) on which a pad is put which is adapted to contact the frame (50) of the bicycle carry rack.
     
    4. The clamping device as claimed in claim 1, wherein a guide portion (122) is formed at connection area between the clamping slot (12) and the entrance (11), the guide portion (122) is adapted to guide the frame (50) of the bicycle carry rack into the clamping slot (12).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Klemmvorrichtung für einen Fahrradträger, umfassend:

    ein Rohr (30), eine erste Klemmeinheit (10), eine zweite Klemmeinheit (20) und eine Befestigungseinheit (40), wobei die erste Klemmeinheit (10) und die zweite Klemmeinheit (20) jeweils an zwei Enden des Rohrs (30) angeordnet sind und ein Endelement (31) mit einem Ende des Rohrs (30) verbunden ist;

    wobei die Befestigungseinheit (40) einen Stift (41) aufweist, der einen Kopf (411) und ein Gewindeende (412) umfasst, die jeweils an zwei Enden davon ausgebildet sind, wobei sich der Stift (41) durch die erste Klemmeinheit (10), das rohr (30), eine Feder (42), die zweite Klemmeinheit (20) erstreckt und durch das Gewindeende (412) über ein Gewinde mit einem Drehknopf (43) verbunden ist, wobei die Feder (42) mit der zweiten Klemmeinheit (20) verbunden ist, wobei die Befestigungseinheit (40) zwischen der ersten und zweiten Klemmeinheit (10, 20) verbunden ist, und

    wobei die erste Klemmeinheit (10) eine C-förmige Einheit ist und einen Klemmschlitz (12) und eine an den Klemmschlitz (12) angeschlossene Eintrittsöffnung (11) umfasst, wobei eine Kerbe (13) in der ersten Klemmeinheit (10) definiert ist und mit der Eintrittsöffnung (11) verbunden ist, wobei der Klemmschlitz (12) der ersten Klemmeinheit (10) dazu angepasst ist, um einen Rahmen (50) eines Fahrradträgers über die Eintrittsöffnung (11) einzuklemmen, wobei ein Schwenkabschnitt (14) in der ersten Klemmeinheit (10) ausgebildet ist und unterhalb des Klemmschlitzes (12) in Querrichtung angeordnet ist, wobei die erste Klemmeinheit (10) um den Schwenkabschnitt (14) schwenkbar ist, wobei in der ersten Klemmeinheit (10) eine Aufnahmenut (15) definiert ist, wobei ein Kontaktabschnitt (16) zwischen dem Klemmschlitz (12) und der Aufnahmenut (15) ausgebildet ist, wobei eine Einschränkungsaussparung (17) in der ersten Klemmeinheit (10) definiert ist und gegenüber der Aufnahmenut (15) angeordnet ist, und der Kopf (411) entnehmbar in der Einschränkungsaussparung (17) angeordnet ist,

    wobei die Klemmvorrichtung dadurch gekennzeichnet ist, dass die Feder (42) durch Klemmen der zweiten Klemmeinheit (20) vom Endelement (31) getrennt ist, und das Rohr (30) eine Strecke zurücklegt, damit der Kopf (411) am Stift (41) von der Einschränkungsaussparung (17) getrennt wird, die erste Klemmeinheit (10) geschwenkt wird und der Kontaktabschnitt (16) das Rohr (30) kontaktiert, der Klemmschlitz (12) zum Einklemmen des Rahmens (50) des Fahrradträgers über die Eintrittsöffnung (11) angepasst ist und der Stift (41) in die Nut (13) eingreift, die zweite Klemmeinheit (20) freigegeben wird, um den Kopf (411) am Stift (41) dazu zu zwingen, in die Einschränkungsaussparung (17) einzugreifen.


     
    2. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Klemmschlitz (12) einen kantigen Abschnitt (121) umfasst, der zum Einklemmen des Rahmens (50) des Fahrradträgers angepasst ist.
     
    3. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Klemmschlitz (12) einen kantigen Abschnitt (121) umfasst, auf dem ein Polster gelegt wird, das zum Einklemmen des Rahmens (50) des Fahrradträgers angepasst ist.
     
    4. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei ein Führungsabschnitt (122) in einem Verbindungsbereich zwischen dem Klemmschlitz (12) und der Eintrittsöffnung (11) ausgebildet ist, wobei der Führungsabschnitt (122) dazu angepasst ist, den Rahmen (50) des Fahrradträgers in den Klemmschlitz (12) hineinzuführen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Dispositif de serrage pour un porte-vélos, comprenant :

    un tube (30), une première unité de serrage (10), une seconde unité de serrage (20) et une unité de fixation (40), la première unité de serrage (10) et la seconde unité de serrage (20) étant situées respectivement sur deux extrémités du tube (30), un élément d'extrémité (31) étant relié à une extrémité du tube (30) ;

    l'unité de fixation (40) ayant une tige (41) qui comprend une tête (411) et une extrémité filetée (412) formées respectivement sur deux extrémités de celle-ci, la tige (41) s'étendant à travers la première unité de serrage (10), le tube (30), un ressort (42), la seconde unité de serrage (20) et étant reliée par filetage à une molette (43) par l'extrémité filetée (412), le ressort (42) étant relié à la seconde unité de serrage (20), l'unité de fixation (40) étant reliée entre les première et seconde unités de serrage (10, 20), et

    la première unité de serrage (10) étant une unité en forme de C et comprenant une fente de serrage (12) et une entrée (11) qui communique avec la fente de serrage (12), une encoche (13) étant définie dans la première unité de serrage (10) et communiquant avec l'entrée (11), la fente de serrage (12) de la première unité de serrage (10) étant apte à serrer un cadre (50) d'un porte-vélos par l'intermédiaire de l'entrée (11), une partie de pivotement (14) étant formée dans la première unité de serrage (10) et située transversalement sous la fente de serrage (12), la première unité de serrage (10) étant apte à pivoter autour de la partie de pivotement (14), une rainure de réception (15) étant définie dans la première unité de serrage (10), une partie de contact (16) étant formée entre la fente de serrage (12) et la rainure de réception (15), un évidement de limitation (17) étant défini dans la première unité de serrage (10) et situé à l'opposé de la rainure de réception (15), et la tête (411) étant située de manière amovible dans l'évidement de limitation (17),

    le dispositif de serrage étant caractérisé par le fait que le ressort (42) est séparé de l'élément d'extrémité (31) par serrage de la seconde unité de serrage (20), et le tube (30) se déplace d'une distance de telle sorte que la tête (411) sur la tige (41) est séparée de l'évidement de limitation (17), la première unité de serrage (10) pivote et la partie de contact (16) entre en contact avec le tube (30), la fente de serrage (12) est apte à serrer le cadre (50) du porte-vélos par l'intermédiaire de l'entrée (11), et la tige (41) est engagée avec l'encoche (13), la seconde unité de serrage (20) est libérée pour forcer la tête (411) sur la tige (41) à être engagée avec l'évidement de limitation (17).


     
    2. Dispositif de serrage selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la fente de serrage (12) comprend une partie nervurée (121) qui est apte à serrer le cadre (50) du porte-vélos.
     
    3. Dispositif de serrage selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la fente de serrage (12) comprend une partie nervurée (121) sur laquelle un tampon est placé, lequel est apte à entrer en contact avec le cadre (50) du porte-vélos.
     
    4. Dispositif de serrage selon la revendication 1, dans lequel une partie de guidage (122) est formée à une zone de liaison entre la fente de serrage (12) et l'entrée (11), la partie de guidage (122) étant apte à guider le cadre (50) du porte-vélos dans la fente de serrage (12).
     




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