(19)
(11)EP 3 501 905 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
26.06.2019 Bulletin 2019/26

(21)Application number: 17210551.2

(22)Date of filing:  22.12.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B60R 9/06(2006.01)
B60R 9/10(2006.01)
(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
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
MA MD TN

(71)Applicant: King Roof Industrial Co., Ltd.
Taichung City (TW)

(72)Inventors:
  • SHEN, SHIH-CHIEH
    Waipu Dist., Taichung City (TW)
  • HSIEH, Chun-Yi
    Waipu Dist., Taichung City (TW)

(74)Representative: Lang, Christian 
LangPatent Anwaltskanzlei Ingolstädter Straße 5
80807 München
80807 München (DE)

 
Remarks:
Amended claims in accordance with Rule 137(2) EPC.
 


(54)CARRIER


(57) A carrier includes a main body, a sliding groove, and a positioning assembly. The positioning assembly is used to quickly fold a main rod and a connecting rod of the main body so as to fold the carrier as possible.




Description

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


Field of the Invention



[0001] The present invention relates to a carrier.

Description of the Prior Art



[0002] Conventionally, a bicycle is positioned on a vehicle by a carrier for carrying the bicycle the destination. A typical carrier has a main rod and a connecting rod pivotally connected to the main rod. The other end of the main rod has a supporting rod for supporting the bicycle. The connecting rod, the supporting rod, and the main rod are pivotally connected by a manner of tight-fit. For example, a rubber washer is set at the pivot portion to increase friction. They are pivoted by exerting force directly for folding.

[0003] However, after using for a long time, the connecting rod and the main rod may be loosened to pivot freely. Thus, damages of vehicle or the carrier may result. On the other hand, when the vehicle travels, the connecting rod and the main rod may be shaken and loosened so that the bicycle may fall.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



[0004] The main object of the present invention is to provide a carrier having a positioning assembly to quickly fold the carrier.

[0005] To achieve the above and other objects, a carrier of the present invention includes a main body, a sliding groove, and a positioning assembly.

[0006] The main body includes a main rod and a connecting rod. The main rod has at least one supporting rod for supporting a bicycle at an end thereof. The connecting rod and the main rod are pivotally connected by a pivot axle. The connecting rod is adapted for connecting with a vehicle. The sliding groove is formed on one of the main rod and the connecting rod. The pivot axle is received in the sliding groove so that the main rod and the connecting rod are relatively slidable between a first position and a second position. The positioning assembly includes a positioning portion, a positioning element, and an elastic element. The positioning portion is arranged on one of the main rod and the connecting rod. The positioning element is arranged on the other one of the main rod and the connecting rod. The elastic element is arranged between the main rod and the connecting rod so that the main rod and the connecting rod tend to retain at the first position. When the main rod and the connecting rod are at the first position, the positioning element and the positioning portion are positioned to each other so that the main rod and the connecting rod are unable to pivot with respect to each other. When the main rod and the connecting rod are at the second position, the positioning element is not positioned to the positioning portion so that the connecting rod and the main rod are pivotable with respect to each other.

[0007] The present invention will become more obvious from the following description when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, which show, for purpose of illustrations only, the preferred embodiment(s) in accordance with the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0008] 

Figs. 1 and 2 are stereograms of the present invention;

Fig. 3 is a breakdown drawing of the present invention;

Figs. 4 to 6 are illustrations of the present invention when operating.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS



[0009] Please refer to Fig. 1 to Fig. 6, the carrier of the present invention includes a main body 1, a sliding groove 6, and a positioning assembly 7.

[0010] The main body 1 includes a main rod 2 and a connecting rod 3. The main rod 2 has at least one supporting rod 4 for supporting a bicycle at an end thereof. The connecting rod 3 and the main rod 2 are pivotally connected by a pivot axle 5. The connecting rod 3 is adapted for connecting with a vehicle. In the present embodiment, the main rod 2 is a V-shaped rod, and each of two ends of the main rod 2 is disposed with one said supporting rod 4.

[0011] The sliding groove 6 is formed on one of the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3. The pivot axle 5 is received in the sliding groove 6 so that the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 are relatively slidable between a first position and a second position.

[0012] The positioning assembly 7 includes a positioning portion 71, a positioning element 72, and an elastic element 73. The positioning portion 71 is arranged on one of the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3. The positioning element 72 is arranged on the other one of the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3. The elastic element 73 is arranged between the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 so that the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 tend to retain at the first position.

[0013] When the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 are at the first position (as shown in Fig. 4 and Fig. 6), the positioning element 72 and the positioning portion 71 are positioned to each other so that the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 are unable to pivot with respect to each other. When the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 are at the second position (as shown in Fig. 5), the positioning element 72 is not positioned to the positioning portion 71 so that the connecting rod 3 and the main rod 2 are pivotable with respect to each other. Thus, the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 can pivot to quickly fold or open by moving the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 to the second position.

[0014] More specifically, the positioning portion 71 includes an arc section 711 and two recesses 712 formed on the arc section 711. When the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 are at the first position, the positioning element 72 is received in one of the recesses 712 to prohibit the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 from pivoting relatively. When the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 are at the second position and the positioning element 72 leaves the recess 712, the positioning element 72 abuts against the arc section 711 so that the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 are pivotable with respect to each other. When the positioning element 72 slides to a position corresponding to the recess 712, the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 slide to the first position due to the elastic element 73, and the positioning element 72 is received in the recess 712. Thus, the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 are prevented from pivoting freely.

[0015] In the present embodiment, the positioning element 72 is a pin, and the pin is inserted into the connecting rod 3. The sliding groove 6 is formed on the connecting rod 3. The positioning element 72 is arranged on the connecting rod 3. The positioning portion 71 is arranged on the main rod 2. In other possible embodiments, the pin, the sliding groove 6, and the positioning element 72 can be arranged reversely. The elastic element 73 is arranged between the positioning element 72 and the pivot axle 5. The elastic element 73 is an extension spring. Thus, the elastic element 73 can pull the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 toward each other to the first position for positioning. When a force is exerted to make the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 move away from each other to the second position, the main rod 2 and the connecting rod 3 can pivot relatively.

[0016] Preferably, the positioning portion 71 includes two lateral plates 713. The pivot axle 5 is inserted through the two lateral plates 713. One end of the connecting rod 3 is received between the two lateral plates 713 for enhancing the structure strength. Furthermore, each of two sides of the connecting rod 3 along a longitudinal direction of the pivot axle 5 is an arc face 31. The carrier further has two abutting elements 8. The pivot axle 5 is inserted through the two abutting elements 8. Each of the abutting elements 8 abuts against the connecting rod 3 and one of the lateral plates 713. An end of each of the abutting elements 8 abutting against the connecting rod 3 has a shape corresponding to the arc face 31. An end of each of the abutting elements 8 abutting against the lateral plate 713 has a flat surface. Thereby, the connecting rod 3 and the main rod 2 can pivot steadily and may not shake.

[0017] In conclusion, the main rod and the connecting rod can pivot or be positioned easily to quickly fold or open the carrier. Besides, the positioning element is prohibited from leaving the recess freely due to the elastic element so that the main rod and the connecting rod are prevented from pivoting freely.


Claims

1. A carrier, including:

a main body (1), including a main rod (2) and a connecting rod (3), the main rod (2) having at least one supporting rod (4) for supporting a bicycle at an end thereof, the connecting rod (3) and the main rod (2) being pivotally connected by a pivot axle (5), the connecting rod (3) being adapted for connecting with a vehicle;

a sliding groove (6), formed on one of the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3), the pivot axle (5) being received in the sliding groove (6) so that the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are relatively slidable between a first position and a second position;

a positioning assembly (7), including a positioning portion (71), a positioning element (72), and an elastic element (73), the positioning portion (71) being arranged on one of the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3), the positioning element (72) being arranged on the other one of the main rod and (2) the connecting rod (3), the elastic element (73) being arranged between the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) so that the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) tend to retain at the first position;

wherein when the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are at the first position, the positioning element (72) and the positioning portion (71) are positioned to each other so that the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are unable to pivot with respect to each other;

wherein when the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are at the second position, the positioning element (72) is not positioned to the positioning portion (71) so that the connecting rod (3) and the main rod (2) are pivotable with respect to each other.


 
2. The carrier of claim 1, wherein the positioning portion (71) includes an arc section (711) and two recesses (712) formed on the arc section (711), when the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are at the first position, the positioning element (72) is received in one of the recesses (712) to prohibit the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) from pivoting relatively; when the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are at the second position and the positioning element (72) leaves the recess (712), the positioning element (72) abuts against the arc section (7110 so that the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are pivotable with respect to each other; when the positioning element (72) slides to a position corresponding to the recess (712), the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) slide to the first position due to the elastic element (73), and the positioning element (72) is received in the recess (712).
 
3. The carrier of claim 2, wherein the positioning element (72) is a pin, the pin is inserted into the connecting rod (3).
 
4. The carrier of claim 1, wherein the sliding groove (6) is formed on the connecting rod (3), the positioning element (72) is arranged on the connecting rod (3).
 
5. The carrier of claim 1, wherein the elastic element (73) is arranged between the positioning element (72) and the pivot axle (5), the elastic element (73) is an extension spring.
 
6. The carrier of claim 1, wherein the positioning portion (71) is arranged on the main rod (2), the positioning portion (71) includes two lateral plates (713), the pivot axle (5) is inserted through the two lateral plates (713), one end of the connecting rod (3) is received between the two lateral plates (713).
 
7. The carrier of claim 6, wherein each of two sides of the connecting rod (3) along a longitudinal direction of the pivot axle (5) is an arc face (31), the carrier further has two abutting elements (8), the pivot axle (5) is inserted through the two abutting elements (8), each of the abutting elements (8) abuts against the connecting rod (3) and one of the lateral plates (713), an end of each of the abutting elements (8) abutting against the connecting rod (3) has a shape corresponding to the arc face (31), an end of each of the abutting elements (8) abutting against the lateral plate (713) has a flat surface.
 
8. The carrier of claim 1, wherein the main rod (2) is a V-shaped rod, each of two ends of the main rod (2) is disposed with one said supporting rod (4).
 
9. The carrier of claim 3, wherein the sliding groove (6) is formed on the connecting rod (3), the positioning element (72) is arranged on the connecting rod (3); the elastic element (73) is arranged between the positioning element (72) and the pivot axle (5), the elastic element (73) is an extension spring; the positioning portion (71) is arranged on the main rod (2), the positioning portion (71) includes two lateral plates (713), the pivot axle (5) is inserted through the two lateral plates (713), one end of the connecting rod (3) is received between the two lateral plates (713); each of two sides of the connecting rod (3) along a longitudinal direction of the pivot axle (5) is an arc face (31), the carrier further has two abutting elements (8), the pivot axle (5) is inserted through the two abutting elements (8), each of the abutting elements (8) abuts against the connecting rod (3) and one of the lateral plates (713), an end of each of the abutting elements (8) abutting against the connecting rod (3) has a shape corresponding to the arc face (31), an end of each of the abutting elements (8) abutting against the lateral plate (713) has a flat surface; the main rod (2) is a V-shaped rod, each of two ends of the main rod (2) is disposed with one said supporting rod (4).
 


Amended claims in accordance with Rule 137(2) EPC.


1. A carrier, including:

a main body (1), including a main rod (2) and a connecting rod (3), the main rod (2) having at least one supporting rod (4) for supporting a bicycle at an end thereof, the connecting rod (3) and the main rod (2) being pivotally connected by a pivot axle (5), the connecting rod (3) being adapted for connecting with a vehicle;

a sliding groove (6), formed on one of the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3), the pivot axle (5) being received in the sliding groove (6) so that the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are relatively slidable between a first position and a second position;

a positioning assembly (7), including a positioning portion (71), a positioning element (72) and an elastic element (73), the positioning portion (71) being arranged on one of the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3), the positioning element (72) being arranged on the other one of the main rod and (2) the connecting rod (3), the elastic element (73) being arranged between the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) so that the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) tend to retain at the first position;

characterized in that

the positioning portion (71) includes an arch-shaped section (711) and two recesses (712) formed on the two opposite ends of the arch-shaped section (711), wherein, when the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are at a first position, the positioning element (72) is received in one of the recesses (712) of the positioning portion (71) and the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are not pivotable with respect to each other due to an elastic force of the elastic element;

wherein, when the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are at a second position, the positioning element (72) is not received in one of the recesses (712) of the positioning portion (71) and abuts against the arch-shaped section (711) and the main rod (2) and the connecting rod (3) are pivotable with respect to each other.


 
2. The carrier of claim 1, wherein the positioning element (72) is a pin, the pin is inserted into the connecting rod (3).
 
3. The carrier of claim 1, wherein the sliding groove (6) is formed on the connecting rod (3), the positioning element (72) is arranged on the connecting rod (3).
 
4. The carrier of claim 1, wherein the elastic element (73) is arranged between the positioning element (72) and the pivot axle (5), the elastic element (73) is an extension spring.
 
5. The carrier of claim 1, wherein the positioning portion (71) is arranged on the main rod (2), the positioning portion (71) includes two lateral plates (713), the pivot axle (5) is inserted through the two lateral plates (713), one end of the connecting rod (3) is received between the two lateral plates (713).
 
6. The carrier of claim 5, wherein each of two sides of the connecting rod (3) along a longitudinal direction of the pivot axle (5) is an arch-shaped face (31), the carrier further has two abutting elements (8), the pivot axle (5) is inserted through the two abutting elements (8), each of the abutting elements (8) abuts against the connecting rod (3) and one of the lateral plates (713), an end of each of the abutting elements (8) abutting against the connecting rod (3) has a shape corresponding to the arch-shaped face (31), an end of each of the abutting elements (8) abutting against the lateral plate (713) has a flat surface.
 
7. The carrier of claim 1, wherein the main rod (2) is a V-shaped rod, each of two ends of the main rod (2) is disposed with one said supporting rod (4).
 
8. The carrier of claim 2, wherein the sliding groove (6) is formed on the connecting rod (3), the positioning element (72) is arranged on the connecting rod (3); the elastic element (73) is arranged between the positioning element (72) and the pivot axle (5), the elastic element (73) is an extension spring; the positioning portion (71) is arranged on the main rod (2), the positioning portion (71) includes two lateral plates (713), the pivot axle (5) is inserted through the two lateral plates (713), one end of the connecting rod (3) is received between the two lateral plates (713); each of two sides of the connecting rod (3) along a longitudinal direction of the pivot axle (5) is an arch-shaped face (31), the carrier further has two abutting elements (8), the pivot axle (5) is inserted through the two abutting elements (8), each of the abutting elements (8) abuts against the connecting rod (3) and one of the lateral plates (713), an end of each of the abutting elements (8) abutting against the connecting rod (3) has a shape corresponding to the arch-shaped face (31), an end of each of the abutting elements (8) abutting against the lateral plate (713) has a flat surface; the main rod (2) is a V-shaped rod, each of two ends of the main rod (2) is disposed with one said supporting rod (4).
 




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