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Jan. 11, 1938.
Filed May 19, 1937
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Patented Jan. 11, 1938
Henry Nodland, Starbuck, Minn.
Application May 19, 1937, Serial No. 143,475
1 Claim. (Cl. 280-23)
This invention relates to a coasting device of
a type which is provided with runners and is
adapted to be propelled over ice or upon fairly
hard packed snow.
One of the objects of the invention is to pro
frame comprises a pair of lateral uprights 9
which are pivotally connected to their respec
tive runner elements by means of pivot pins III
which extend through the overlapping portions
of the blades II and [2.
These blades are se- 5
vide a device wherein the runner elements are
cured respectively to the side members each of
extremely ?exible and capable of being ?exed
from their longitudinally straight position for
either guiding or stopping it.
the runner elements 5. Intermediate of the ends
of the side members 9 is disposed a horizontal
bar I 3 and at the upper ends of the side members
9 is secured a handle 14 which is used as a steer- l0
Another object is to provide a snow or ice
glider which can be easily and quickly collapsed
for shipment and storage.
A further object is to provide means for sup
porting a rider in sitting position in combina
’ tion with means for steering the glider, these
same elements also being arranged to provide
a reinforcement for the assembled structure.
A still further object is to provide foot-rests
upon which a person may stand when coasting
20 down hill or after having attained a desired
speed as a result of running across ice and the
like and pushing the glider while running.
These and other objects and advantages of the
invention will more fully appear in the follow
‘ 25 ing description made in connection with the ac
companying drawing wherein like reference char
acters refer to the same similar parts throughout
the views and in which:
Fig. 1 is a side elevation showing parts of the
90 device in collapsible position dotted lines;
Fig. 2 is a plain view;
Fig. 3 is an enlarged section on the line 3-3
of Fig. 2;
Fig. 4 is an enlarged section on the line 4--4
03 01 of Fig. 2.
There is illustrated in the drawing a glider
which includes a pair of runners 5 which are
preferably formed of relatively thin ?exible strips
of metal such as iron. The forward ends of the
40 runners are curved upward as shown in Fig. 1.
Joining the forward ends of the runners 5 is a
frame cross member 6 which is connected with
the runners ends by bolts 1 which are secured
by nuts 8. The bolts 1 and nuts 8 provide a
45 pivotal connection between the ends of the run
ners 5 and the cross member 6. This connec
tion across the front ends of runners 5 will natu
rally prevent lateral movement of one runner in
respect to the other with the extreme front ends
50 of the runners, but it in no way affects the ?exi
bility of the runners throughout the rest of their
In the part embodiment shown in the drawing
I have provided what may be termed a steering
55 frame indicated generally by the letter “F”. This
ing handle as well as a pusher bar. ,
I have also made provisions for seating a rider
at the forward part of the glider. This seating
area includes a pair of combined seat side ele
ments and regular element l5. The lower forward ends of the side element 15 are mounted
upon the bolts 1 which connect the front cross
member 6 with the forward ends of the runners.
I prefer that chair elements l5 be revised by
providing a strap l6 whose ends are secured to
the lower ends of the side chair elements and
whose intermediate portion extends across the
front of the glider and is connected rigidly with
the frame cross member 6 by means of suitable
connectors such as rivets H. The strap I6 for
cross member 6 provides foot rest for the seated
rider and to give this foot rest a comfortable
width I have inserted a wooden piece I8 between
strap and frame cross member. The upper por
tions of the seat side elements I5 are connected
by slats I9 which form the seat proper.
The seat is provided with a reenforced back bar
20, which is secured to the upper rear end of the
seat side elements by means of hooked shaped
straps 2| which are secured to said seat side
elements by screws 22 and whose rear ends ex
tend backward beyond the ends of the elements
l5 and formed with a substantial U shaped hook
end. The hook like elements 2| are adapted to
?t over cross member [3 which connects the 40
medial portions of the uprights 9.
A lock connection between the transverse ele
ments l3 and 20 is provided. The upper element
20 is provided with a centrally positioned vertical
elongated slot 23, which is adapted to ?t over the 45
T shaped bolt 24, the latter extending downward
through the cross bar l3 and being provided at a
projecting lower end with a nut 25 which may be
in the form of a single nut. When the T head
of the bolt 24 is turned transversely to the glider 50
the slotted upper cross member 20 can be slipped
over the head of the bolt. Then the bolt is turned
so that its head is longitudinal to the glider in
the position shown in Figs. 2 and 3. After this
has been done the assembly can be securely 55
tightened by the rotation of the nut 25. It is
provided that a plate '26 be positioned beneath
the head of the nut 24 to prevent wear.
Rearward of the upright side elements 9 and
on each of the runners 5 is positioned a foot
rest 21.
This foot rest or pair of foot rests is
provided with downwardly pressed transverse
grooves or depressions 28, and longitudinally of
the foot rest and through said depressed portions
10 are slots 29. Itrwill be noted that ,the slots are
narrower at the central portions of the depressed
area 28 than they are adjacent the main flat
by manipulating. the handle l4 and the runners
5 will be bent in a curve to steer the device in
one direction or another. Even with the weight
of the person riding on the seat, it is extremely
easy to steer the glider due to the extreme ?exi
bility and the minimum of inter-connections of
the runners 5.
Now suppose that the operator desires to re
tard the speed or to stop the glider. All that is
necessary is for the operator standing upon the 10
foot-rest 21 to spread his feet a little-pushing the
?exible runners laterally away from each other
faces of the foot-rests themselves. By making . and an extremely effective and simple braking
the narrower portions of the slots 29 of slightly action is produced.
15 less width than the thickness of the runners 5
it will be seen that the foot-rest can be pressed
" From the foregoing it will be seen that I have
provided a glider which I prefer to call a snow
down over the top edges of the runners and there and ice- pushmobile which is of extremely inex
will be a spring action between the divided halves _ pensive and simple construction, which is light
of the depressed portions or grooves 28, which in weight and which is also collapsible so that it
will retain the rest on the runners with a spring
clip action. The foot-rests are readily detach
can be easily carried and can be stored in a 20
relatively small space. It should further be noted
able and may be moved either forward or back
that in assembling or dismantling the device it
ward with respect to the runners by either slip
is necessary only to release the single connection
ping them off the runnersand replacing them
extending between bolt 24 and the adjacent par
or by sliding the rests forward or backward on . allel cross members through which it extends.
the runners. I have also provided punched aper
tures 30 whose edges project upwardly to form
an anti-slip surface on the top of each foot rest.
I have described above the means by which the
glider can-be set up for use or collapsed for
shipment or storage. When it’ has been set up
in the position shown in full lines in Fig. l, a
rider may sit on the seat provided between ele
ments l5 and slats .I9 and he may be- propelled
35 over the surface of a frozen lake or. stream or
he may glide down hill over relatively hard
packed snow. Regardless of- whether there is a
rider seated on the front of the glider it is used
by a person standing on the foot-rests 27 ‘as
'40 follows: The operator grips the steering and
pushing handle I 4 and running between the
spaced parallel runners 5 will set the glider in
motion and then place his feetupon the foot
It is to be understood that various changes
can be made in the form, details, proportions and
arrangement of the various parts without de
parting from thescope of my invention. '
What is claimed is:—
An ice and snow glider and the like comprising
a front cross member. a pair of runners extend
ing backwardly from said cross member, said
runners comprising laterally ?exible metal strips,
a [steering device pivotally connected to said 35
runners rearwardly of said cross member, said
steering device comprising a pair of uprights, a
connecting bar extending between said uprights
intermediate of theirends and having a T shaped
bolt extending upwardly therethrough, and a
seat device, the rear portion of’ which has an
upwardly extending slot therethrough; said slot
being so shaped that said T shaped bolt will pass
rests and coast along either a ?at surface or . therethrough when said slot and bolt are aligned,
45 down hill. Of course, initial movement of the and said slot further being shaped to prevent 45
device may be obtained by pushing with one foot .passage of said bolt therethrough when the bolt
while the other remains upon one of the foot and slot are notaligned.
rests. The direction of travel can be controlled
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