(19)
(11)EP 4 238 859 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
06.09.2023 Bulletin 2023/36

(21)Application number: 23158924.3

(22)Date of filing:  28.02.2023
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B62K 19/30(2006.01)
B62H 1/02(2006.01)
(52)Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC):
B62H 1/02; B62K 19/30
(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 ME MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 01.03.2022 IT 202200003767

(71)Applicant: Ursus S.P.A.
36027 Rosa' VI (IT)

(72)Inventor:
  • FERRONATO, Sergio
    36027 ROSA' (VI) (IT)

(74)Representative: Marchioro, Paolo 
Studio Bonini S.r.l. Corso Fogazzaro, 8
36100 Vicenza
36100 Vicenza (IT)

  


(54)DEVICE FOR FIXING A CYCLE STAY TO A LOW CHAINSTAY OF A BICYCLE


(57) The present invention concerns a device (10) for fixing a cycle stay to a frame of a bicycle, comprising:
- a cycle stay (11) comprising a fixing bracket (12) and a rest rod (13), said rest rod (13) being pivoted to said fixing bracket (12);
- a box of the central movement (14) of a bicycle;
- a rear fork (15);
- a low chainstay (16) interposed between said box of the central movement (14) and said rear fork (15), said low chainstay (16) having a longitudinal development axis (X).
The low chainstay (16) comprises a fixing body (17) fixed externally to said low chainstay (16) or externally to said rear fork (15), said fixing body (17) comprising at least one fixing threaded hole (18) developing according to a screwing direction (Y1) transverse to said longitudinal development axis (X) of said low chainstay (16), said fixing bracket (12) being fixed to said fixing body (17) by means of a corresponding screw (80) whose shank (80b) is screwed to said corresponding fixing threaded hole (18) in a position external to said low chainstay (16) or external to said rear fork (15).




Description


[0001] The invention concerns a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle.

[0002] Nowadays a cycle stay is generally made up of:
  • a fixing bracket, configured to be fixed to a central or rear portion of the frame of a bicycle;
  • a rest rod articulated to the fixing bracket.


[0003] A cycle stay can therefore be:
  • of central type: fixed under the frame in a portion between the two wheels, to the low chainstays of the frame, near the seat of the central movement;
  • of the rear type: fixed to a low chainstay of the frame, usually near or at the rear wheel.


[0004] The term "rear" means on the opposite side to the normal forward direction of a bicycle.

[0005] The expression "low chainstays" indicates the two tubular elements of the frame, substantially horizontal, between which the rear wheel of the bicycle is interposed, whereas "high chainstays" indicates the two corresponding tubular elements of the frame, substantially oblique, between which the rear wheel is interposed, and which develop between the seat tube and the low chainstays. Each low chainstay is joined to the respective high chainstay by a corresponding "rear fork", normally welded to the converging ends of a low chainstay and the corresponding high chainstay.

[0006] Nowadays the fixing of a cycle stay to the low chainstay of a bicycle is done by fixing the fixing bracket of the cycle stay either to the rear end section of the low chainstay, or to the rear fork.

[0007] The fixing bracket is generally fixed directly to the low chainstay by means of threaded connections.

[0008] The low chainstay generally consist of a tubular body made of a metallic material whose main peculiarity is the light-weight, therefore the connection of the fixing bracket to the low chainstay by means of threaded connections can be little robust and prone to undergo deformations following particularly intense stresses.

[0009] To overcome this drawback, solutions are known today that envisages mounting on the low chainstay an auxiliary body by means of threaded connections to which auxiliary body the fixing bracket of the cycle stay is then attached by means of further threaded connections.

[0010] These solutions, although known and widespread, have a limit linked to the fact that the threaded elements that connect the fixing bracket of the cycle stay to the low chainstay, or to the rear fork, enter at least in part inside the low chainstay, or the rear fork.

[0011] Since the low chainstay, or the rear fork, are substantially tubular bodies, and therefore internally hollow, and welded at the ends to the rest of the frame of the bicycle, if the shank of the threaded element breaks, as a result of the stresses to which the frame is subjected, a part thereof remains trapped inside the low chainstay or the rear fork, with no more possibility of being removed, unless a heavy separation intervention of the same low chainstay, or rear fork, is made from the same frame.

[0012] The task of the present invention is to develop a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle, capable of obviating the aforementioned drawbacks and limitations of the prior art.

[0013] In particular, an object of the invention is to develop a device capable of preventing a portion of a broken screw from remaining inside the low chainstay, or the rear fork, to which the cycle stay is fixed.

[0014] A further object of the invention is to develop a device that in case of breakage of a fixing screw makes it possible to easily and quickly replace it.

[0015] Another object of the invention is to develop a device that allows to set up a cycle stay in a less dangerous position for a user.

[0016] Still, an object of the invention is to develop a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle that has a better aesthetic impact than what is known.

[0017] The aforementioned task and objects are achieved by a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle according to claim 1.

[0018] Further characteristics of the device according to claim 1 are described in the dependent claims.

[0019] The task and the aforementioned objects, together with the advantages that will be mentioned below, are highlighted by the description of seven embodiments of the invention, which are given, by way of indication but not limitation, with reference to the attached drawing tables, where:
  • Figure 1 represents a perspective view of a device according to the invention in a first embodiment thereof;
  • Figure 2 represents a cross-section of the device of Figure 1;
  • Figure 3 represents a front view of the device of Figures 1 and 2;
  • Figure 4 represents a longitudinal section of the device of Figure 1 according to section line IV-IV of Figure 3;
  • Figure 5 represents a perspective view of a device according to the invention in a second embodiment thereof;
  • Figure 6 represents a cross-section of the device of Figure 5;
  • Figure 7 represents a longitudinal section of the device of Figures 5 and 6;
  • Figure 8 represents a perspective view of a device according to the invention in a third embodiment thereof;
  • Figure 9 represents a cross-section of the device of Figure 8;
  • Figure 10 represents another perspective view of the device according to the invention in the third embodiment thereof;
  • Figure 11 represents a longitudinal section of the device of Figures 8 to 10;
  • Figure 12 represents a perspective view of a device according to the invention in a fourth embodiment thereof;
  • Figure 13 represents a longitudinal section of the device of Figure 12;
  • Figure 14 represents a cross-section of the device of Figures 12 and 13;
  • Figure 15 represents a perspective view of a device according to the invention in a fifth embodiment thereof;
  • Figure 16 represents a cross-section of the device of Figure 15;
  • Figure 17 represents a longitudinal section of the device of Figure 15;
  • Figure 18 represents a perspective view of a device according to the invention in a sixth embodiment thereof;
  • Figure 19 represents a longitudinal section of the device of Figure 18;
  • Figure 20 represents a cross-section of the device of Figure 18;
  • Figure 21 represents a perspective view of a device according to the invention in a seventh embodiment thereof;
  • Figure 22 represents a front view of the device of Figure 21;
  • Figure 23 represents a side view of the device of Figure 21;
  • Figure 24 represents a cross-section of the device of Figure 21.


[0020] With reference to the cited figures, a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle according to the invention is indicated, as a whole of a first embodiment, with the number 10.

[0021] Said device 10 for fixing a cycle stay to a frame of a bicycle comprises:
  • a cycle stay 11 comprising a fixing bracket 12 and a rest rod 13, said rest rod 13 being pivoted to said fixing bracket 12;
  • a box of the central movement 14 of a bicycle;
  • a rear fork 15;
  • a low chainstay 16 interposed between the box of the central movement 14 and the rear fork 15, which low chainstay 16 has a longitudinal development axis X.


[0022] The peculiarity of the invention lies in the fact that the low chainstay 16 comprises a fixing body 17 fixed externally to the low chainstay 16, like in the figures.

[0023] In an embodiment variant of the invention, the fixing body 17 is fixed externally to said rear fork 15.

[0024] Said fixing body 17 comprises at least one fixing threaded hole 18 developing according to a screwing direction Y1 transverse to said longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16.

[0025] The fixing bracket 12 is fixed to the fixing body 17 by means of at least one corresponding screw 80 whose shank 80b is screwed to said corresponding fixing threaded hole 18 in a position external to said low chainstay 16, or external to said rear fork 15 in an embodiment variant of the invention.

[0026] The phrase 'an external position' means a position that is on the external surface of the low chainstay 16 or of the rear fork 15, and not in the internal tubular cavity of the low chainstay 16 or of the rear fork 15.

[0027] The low chainstay 16 is to be intended as being a substantially tubular body.

[0028] In the first embodiment, and in general preferably, the fixing body 17 has two fixing threaded holes 18 and 19, both developing according to a respective fixing direction Y1 and Y2 transverse to the longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16.

[0029] The fixing threaded holes 18 and 19 are arranged aligned along a same direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal development axis X.

[0030] In this first embodiment with two fixing threaded holes 18 and 19, the fixing bracket 12 is fixed to the fixing body 17 by means of two corresponding screws 80 and 90.

[0031] The screws 80 and 90 respectively comprise a head 80a and 90a and a threaded shank 80b and 90b.

[0032] The fixing body 17 comprises a load-bearing element 20 having a substantially 'C' shape, with a concavity 21 thereof facing towards the low chainstay 16, or towards the rear fork 15 in an embodiment variant not illustrated.

[0033] The load-bearing element 20, as clearly visible in Figure 4, comprises a base portion 22, a front portion 23 and a rear portion 24, among which said concavity 21 is defined.

[0034] The front portion 23 and the rear portion 24 are fixed to either the low chainstay 16 or to the rear fork 15.

[0035] The fixing body 17 is to be intended as fixed to the low chainstay 16, or to the rear fork 15, with fixing means to be intended as of known type.

[0036] For example, the load-bearing element 20 is fixed to the low chainstay 16, or to the rear fork 15, by welding.

[0037] The load-bearing element 20 is to be intended as being made of metallic material.

[0038] In an embodiment variant of the invention, not illustrated for simplicity's sake, the load-bearing element is integrated into the low chainstay or into the rear fork, i.e. the load-bearing element and the low chainstay form a single body, or the load-bearing element and the rear fork form a single body.

[0039] The front portion 23 of said load-bearing element 20 is to be intended as facing towards the box of the central movement 14 along a direction substantially parallel to the development axis X of said low chainstay 16, while the rear portion 24 is facing in the opposite direction with respect to said front portion 23.

[0040] The rear portion 24 is therefore facing towards the rear fork 15 if the load-bearing element 20 is fixed to the low chainstay 16.

[0041] In particular, in said first embodiment of the device 10 according to the invention, the load-bearing element 20 is fixed below said low chainstay 16, or said rear fork 15.

[0042] In this first embodiment of the device 10 according to the invention, the fixing body 17 comprises:
  • at least one through hole 27 defined on said base portion 22 in a substantially radial direction with respect to said longitudinal development axis X;
  • a nut 25 defining a fixing threaded hole 18, said nut 25 being positioned in said concavity 21 and being positioned coaxially with respect to said through hole 27.


[0043] In the specific embodiment represented in Figures 2, 3 and 4, the fixing body 17 comprises:
  • two through holes 27 and 28 defined on said base portion 22 in a substantially radial direction with respect to said longitudinal development axis X;
  • two nuts 25 and 26 each defining a fixing threaded hole 18 and 19 respectively, said nuts 25 and 26 being positioned in said concavity 21 and being positioned coaxially with respect to the corresponding through hole 27 and 28.


[0044] Each of the nuts 25 and 26 is free with respect to the load-bearing element 20. Alternatively, one or both of the nuts 25 and 26 are fixed to the base portion 22 of the load-bearing element 20, for example by welding or by gluing.

[0045] The fixing body 17 comprises a centring shaping 50 configured to couple with a counter-shaped recess 51 defined on said fixing bracket 12 of said cycle stay 11; this counter-shaped recess 51 is visible in Figure 2.

[0046] A second embodiment of a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle according to the invention is represented in Figures 5 to 7 and is indicated therein with the number 110.

[0047] The device 110 comprises a fixing body 117 fixed externally to the low chainstay 16, said fixing body 117 comprising at least one fixing threaded hole 118 developing according to a screwing direction Y1 transverse to said longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16.

[0048] In such device 110 the at least one fixing threaded hole 118 is defined on said base portion 122.

[0049] In particular, the load-bearing element 120, as clearly visible in Figure 7, comprises a base portion 122, a front portion 123 and a rear portion 124, among which said concavity 121 is defined.

[0050] Said fixing body 117 comprises two fixing threaded holes 118 and 119 developing according to respective screwing directions Y1 and Y2 transverse to said longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16.

[0051] A third embodiment of a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle according to the invention is represented in Figures 8 to 11 and is indicated therein with the number 210.

[0052] The device 210 comprises a fixing body 217 fixed externally to the low chainstay 16, said fixing body 217 comprising at least one fixing threaded hole 218 developing according to a screwing direction Y1 transverse to said longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16.

[0053] The fixing body 217 comprises a load-bearing element 220 having a substantially 'C' shape, with a concavity 221 thereof facing towards the low chainstay 16, or towards the rear fork 15 in an embodiment variant not illustrated.

[0054] The load-bearing element 220, as clearly visible in Figure 11, comprises a base portion 222, a front portion 223 and a rear portion 224, among which said concavity 221 is defined.

[0055] In this third embodiment of the device 210 according to the invention, the fixing body 217 comprises:
  • at least one through hole 227 defined on said base portion 222 in a substantially radial direction with respect to said longitudinal development axis X;
  • a nut 225 defining a fixing threaded hole 218, said nut 225 being positioned in said concavity 221 and being positioned coaxially with respect to said through hole 227.


[0056] In the specific embodiment represented in Figures 8, 9, 10 and 11, the fixing body 217 comprises:
  • two through holes 227 and 228 defined on said base portion 222 in a substantially radial direction with respect to said longitudinal development axis X;
  • two nuts 225 and 226 each defining a fixing threaded hole 218 and 219 respectively, said nuts 225 and 226 being positioned in said concavity 221 and being positioned coaxially with respect to the corresponding through hole 227 and 228.


[0057] The device 210 according to the invention, in said third embodiment, is characterized in that said load-bearing element 220 comprises an external protective wall 229, clearly visible in Figures 8 and 9, developing between the front portion 223 and the rear portion 224, facing the outside of a bicycle of which the device is part.

[0058] This external protective wall 229 protects the nuts 225 and 226 from dirt and at the same time prevents the nuts 225 and 226 from being seen and makes the device 210 itself more aesthetically pleasing.

[0059] The device 210 according to the invention is also characterized in that the base portion 222 comprises a side opening 230 defined at said at least one through hole 227, configured to allow the extraction of a shank of a screw from said through hole 227 according to an extraction direction transverse to the axis of said same through hole 227.

[0060] In the present embodiment, the base portion 222 comprises a side opening 230 and 231 defined at each of the two through holes 227 and 228, said side openings 230 and 231 being configured to allow the extraction of a shank of a screw 80 and 90 from the respective through hole 227 and 228 according to an extraction direction transverse to the axis of said same through hole 227 and 228.

[0061] These side openings 230 and 231 are facing the inside of the frame T of which the low chainstay 16 is part, i.e. the side openings 230 and 231 are facing towards the side face 16a of said low chainstay 16 of the frame T, where said side face 16a of the low chainstay 16 is visible by way of example in Figure 1.

[0062] The side openings 230 and 231 therefore have a width substantially corresponding to the diameter of the through hole 227 and 228 with which they are respectively connected.

[0063] The side openings 230 and 231 each develop from the respective through hole 227 and 228 up to the internal side face of the base portion 222 of the load-bearing element 220.

[0064] A fourth embodiment of a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle according to the invention is represented in Figures 12 to 14 and is indicated therein with the number 310.

[0065] The device 310 comprises a fixing body 317 fixed externally to the low chainstay 16, said fixing body 317 comprising at least one fixing threaded hole 318 developing according to a screwing direction Y1 transverse to said longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16.

[0066] The fixing body 317 comprises a load-bearing element 320 having a substantially 'C' shape, with a concavity 321 thereof facing towards the low chainstay 16, or towards the rear fork 15 in an embodiment variant not illustrated.

[0067] The device 310 according to the invention, in said fourth embodiment, is characterized in that said load-bearing element 320 comprises an internal protective wall 329, clearly visible in Figure 14, developing between the front portion 323 and the rear portion 324, facing the inside of a bicycle of which the device is part.

[0068] This internal protective wall 329 protects the nuts 325 and 326 from dirt thrown up by the wheels of the bicycle.

[0069] The device 310 according to the invention is also characterized in that the base portion 322 comprises a side opening 330 defined at said at least one through hole 327, configured to allow the extraction of a shank 80b of a screw 80 from said through hole 327 according to an extraction direction transverse to the axis of said same through hole 327.

[0070] In the present embodiment, the base portion 322 comprises a side opening 330 and 331 defined at each of the two through holes 327 and 328, said side openings 330 and 331 being configured to allow the extraction of a shank of a screw 80 and 90 from the respective through hole 327 and 328 according to an extraction direction transverse to the axis of said same through hole 327 and 328.

[0071] Said side openings 330 and 331 are facing the outside of the frame T of which the low chainstay 16 is part, i.e. on the opposite side with respect to what is described above for the third embodiment of the device 210 according to the invention.

[0072] A fifth embodiment of a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle according to the invention is represented in Figures 15 to 17 and is indicated therein with the number 410.

[0073] The device 410 comprises a fixing body 417 fixed externally to the low chainstay 16, said fixing body 417 comprising at least one fixing threaded hole 418 developing according to a screwing direction Y1 transverse to said longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16, similar to what is described above for the other embodiments of the invention.

[0074] The fixing body 417 comprises a load-bearing element 420 having a substantially 'C' shape, with a concavity 421 thereof facing towards the low chainstay 16, or towards the rear fork 15 in an embodiment variant not illustrated.

[0075] The device 410 according to the invention, in said fifth embodiment, is characterized in that said load-bearing element 420 comprises at least one anti-rotation seat 435 shaped to receive a nut 437 and prevent the rotation thereof in the step of screwing a corresponding screw 80 to said nut 437.

[0076] In particular, the load-bearing element 420 comprises two anti-rotation seats 435 and 436 each of which is shaped to receive a corresponding nut 437 and 438.

[0077] Still in particular, each anti-rotation seat 435 and 436 is defined by a respective recess 439 and 440 made in the base portion 422 at a respective through hole 427 and 428.

[0078] Each recess 439 and 440 is shaped so that at least one face thereof meets a face of a corresponding nut 437 and 438 so as to prevent the rotation thereof. The base portion 422 also comprises a central shoulder 442 configured such that a face of both nuts 437 and 438 rests thereon.

[0079] A sixth embodiment of a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle according to the invention is represented in Figures 18 to 20 and is indicated therein with the number 510.

[0080] The device 510 comprises a fixing body 517 fixed externally to the low chainstay 16, said fixing body 517 comprising at least one fixing threaded hole 518 developing according to a screwing direction Y1 transverse to said longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16.

[0081] In particular, the fixing body 517 has two fixing threaded holes 518 and 519, both developing according to a respective fixing direction Y1 and Y2 transverse to the longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16.

[0082] The fixing threaded holes 518 and 519 are arranged aligned along a same direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal development axis X.

[0083] The fixing body 517 comprises a load-bearing element 520 having a substantially 'C' shape, with a concavity 521 thereof facing towards the low chainstay 16, or towards the rear fork 15 in an embodiment variant not illustrated.

[0084] The device 510 according to the invention, in said sixth embodiment, is characterized in that the fixing body 517 comprises:
  • two through holes 527, 528 defined on said base portion 522 in a substantially radial direction with respect to the longitudinal development axis X;
  • a plate 526 positioned in said concavity 521, said plate 526 having two fixing threaded holes 518, 519 each coaxial to a respective through hole 527, 528.


[0085] Said plate 526 is free with respect to the load-bearing element 530. Alternatively, the plate 526 is fixed to the base portion, for example by welding or gluing.

[0086] This plate 526 is made of metallic material.

[0087] A seventh embodiment of a device for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle according to the invention is represented in Figures 21 to 24 and is indicated therein with the number 610.

[0088] The device 610 comprises a fixing body 617 fixed externally to the low chainstay 16, said fixing body 617 comprising at least one fixing threaded hole 618 developing according to a screwing direction Y1 transverse to said longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16.

[0089] In particular, the fixing body 617 has two fixing threaded holes 618 and 619, both developing according to a respective fixing direction Y1 and Y2 transverse to the longitudinal development axis X of the low chainstay 16.

[0090] The fixing threaded holes 618 and 619 are arranged aligned along a same direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal development axis X.

[0091] The fixing body 617 comprises a load-bearing element 620 having a substantially 'C' shape, with a concavity 621 thereof facing towards the low chainstay 16, or towards the rear fork 15 in an embodiment variant not illustrated.

[0092] The device 610 according to the invention, in said sixth embodiment, is characterized in that the fixing body 617 is fixed at a side face 16a or 16b of said low chainstay 16 or of said rear fork 15.

[0093] The fixing body 617 is to be intended as being able to be of the type described in the aforementioned embodiments 17, 117, 217, 317, 417 and 517.

[0094] What is to be noted in this seventh embodiment of the invention is the peculiar position of the device 610, and in particular of the fixing body 617.

[0095] In the embodiment represented in Figures 21 to 24, the fixing body 617 is fixed to a side face 16a or 16b, so that the fixing directions Y1 and Y2 are substantially orthogonal to a reference vertical plane P of the low chainstay 16; said reference vertical plane P is schematized in Figure 24.

[0096] The fixing device 10, 110, 210, 310, 410, 510 is to be intended as being positionable in any position on the low chainstay 16, or on the rear fork 15, both with reference to the longitudinal development direction X of the low chainstay 16, and with reference to the angular position with respect to the reference vertical plane P.

[0097] In such a peculiar sixth embodiment of the invention, the fixing body 617 comprises also a centring shaping 650 configured to couple with a counter-shaped recess 651 defined on said fixing bracket 612 of said cycle stay 11; said counter-shaped recess 651 is visible in Figure 24.

[0098] The fixing bracket 612 develops mainly according to a plane substantially parallel to the reference vertical plane P.

[0099] Differently, in the embodiments from the first to the sixth one described above, the fixing bracket 12 develops mainly according to a plane substantially orthogonal to the reference vertical plane P.

[0100] The fixing bracket 12 and 612 comprises through holes 12a and 612a for the passage of the shanks of the screws 80 and 90.

[0101] The low chainstay 16 can have through holes at the threaded holes 18, 19, 118, 119, 218, 219, 318, 319, 418, 419, 518, 519, 618, 619, configured to allow a complete and therefore better screwing of the screws 80 and 90 to such threaded holes, preventing the tips of the screws 80 and 90 from pressing against the external surface of the same low chainstay 16, with the risk of scoring such a surface.

[0102] In the embodiments from the first to the fifth one, the screws 80 and 90 are arranged substantially vertically with respect to a normal setup of use of the bicycle B of which said low chainstay 16 is part.

[0103] The screws are screwed into a corresponding fixing hole 18 and 19 with the screwing heads 80a being each arranged below the fixing body 17.

[0104] The threaded shanks 80b of the screws 80 and 90 can be screwed as far as entering into the low chainstay 16 through the respective through holes, not illustrated for simplicity's sake.

[0105] The load-bearing element 20, 120, 220, 320, 420, 520, 620 consists of a body made of metallic material.

[0106] The centring shaping 50, 650 and the corresponding counter-shaped recess 51, 651 make it possible to optimise the progressive centring of the fixing bracket 12, 612 of the cycle stay when mounting the same cycle stay on the fixing body 17, 117, 217, 317, 417, 517, 617.

[0107] In general, with regard to all the above-described embodiments of the device according to the invention, the different characteristics described above for each specific embodiment are to be intended as being combinable with each other where compatible.

[0108] Practically, it has been established that the invention achieves the intended task and objects.

[0109] In particular, the invention has developed a device capable of preventing a portion of a broken screw from remaining inside the low chainstay, or the rear fork, to which the cycle stay is fixed.

[0110] In addition, with the invention a device has been developed that, in case of breakage of a fixing screw, it makes it possible to easily and quickly replace it. Still in particular, the invention has developed a device capable of reducing the encumbrance generated by the cycle stay.

[0111] Furthermore, with the invention a device has been developed that allows to set up a cycle stay in a less dangerous position for a user.

[0112] In addition, with the invention a device has been developed that makes the bicycle more aerodynamic.

[0113] Still, with the invention a device has been developed for fixing a cycle stay to a low chainstay of a bicycle of better aesthetic impact than what is known. Thanks to such a device according to the invention, the cycle stay can also be attached so that the heads of the screws are either below or above the low chainstay, in any case in a position that is not dangerous for a user.

[0114] Thanks to the presence of centring shapings, there is an important recovery of the coupling plays between the cycle stay and the low chainstay of the bicycle. The invention thus conceived is susceptible of numerous modifications and variations, all of which are within the scope of the inventive concept; moreover, all the details may be replaced by other technically equivalent elements.

[0115] In practice, the components and the materials used, so long as they are compatible with the specific use, as well as the contingent shapes and dimensions could be of any type according to requirements and the state of the art.

[0116] Where the characteristics and techniques mentioned in any claim are followed by reference marks, such reference marks are to be intended as affixed solely for the purpose of increasing the intelligibility of the claims and consequently such reference marks have no limiting effect on the interpretation of each element identified by way of example by such reference marks.


Claims

1. Device (10) for fixing a cycle stay to a frame of a bicycle, comprising:

- a cycle stay (11) comprising a fixing bracket (12) and a rest rod (13), said rest rod (13) being pivoted to said fixing bracket (12);

- a box of the central movement (14) of a bicycle;

- a rear fork (15);

- a low chainstay (16) interposed between said box of the central movement (14) and said rear fork (15), said low chainstay (16) having a longitudinal development axis (X),

characterized in that
said low chainstay (16) comprises a fixing body (17) fixed externally to said low chainstay (16) or externally to said rear fork (15), said fixing body (17) comprising at least one fixing threaded hole (18) developing according to a screwing direction (Y1) transverse to said longitudinal development axis (X) of said low chainstay (16), said fixing bracket (12) being fixed to said fixing body (17) by means of a corresponding screw (80) whose shank (80b) is screwed to said corresponding fixing threaded hole (18) in a position external to said low chainstay (16) or external to said rear fork (15).
 
2. Device according to claim 1, characterized in that said fixing body (17) comprises a load-bearing element (20) having a substantially 'C' shape, with a concavity (21) thereof facing towards said low chainstay (16) or towards said rear fork (15).
 
3. Device according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that said load-bearing element (20) comprises a base portion (22), a front portion (23) and a rear portion (24), among which said concavity (21) is defined.
 
4. Device according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said fixing body (17) has two fixing threaded holes (18, 19) both developing according to a respective fixing direction (Y1, Y2) transverse to the longitudinal development axis (X) of said low chainstay (16), said fixing holes (18, 19) being arranged aligned along a same direction substantially parallel to said longitudinal development axis (X).
 
5. Device according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said load-bearing element (20) is fixed below said low chainstay (16) or said rear fork (15).
 
6. Device according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said fixing body (17) comprises:

- at least one through hole (27) defined on said base portion (22) in a substantially radial direction with respect to said longitudinal development axis (X);

- a nut (25) defining said fixing threaded hole (18), said nut (25) being positioned in said concavity (21) and being positioned coaxially with respect to said through hole (27).


 
7. Device according to one or more of claims 1 to 5, characterized in that said at least one fixing threaded hole (118) is defined on said base portion (122).
 
8. Device according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said load-bearing element (220) comprises an external protective wall (229) developing between said front portion (223) and said rear portion (224) and facing the outside of a bicycle of which the device is part.
 
9. Device according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said base portion (222) comprises a side opening (230) defined at said at least one through hole (227), configured to allow the extraction of a shank of a screw from said through hole (227) according to an extraction direction transverse to the axis of said same through hole (227).
 
10. Device according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said load-bearing element (420) comprises at least one anti-rotation seat (435) shaped to receive a nut (437) and prevent the rotation thereof in the step of screwing a corresponding screw (480) to said nut (437).
 
11. Device according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said fixing body (517) comprises:

- two through holes (527, 528) defined on said base portion (522) in a substantially radial direction with respect to said longitudinal development axis (X);

- a plate (526) positioned in said concavity (521), said plate (526) having two fixing threaded holes (518, 519) coaxial to a respective through hole (527, 528).


 
12. Device according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said fixing body (617) is fixed at a side face (16a, 16b) of said low chainstay (16) or of said rear fork (15).
 




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