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June 14, 1938.
B J, MERSON
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2,120,453
COMBINATION FORK AND FENDER
‘ Filed July 1, 1935‘
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Patented June 14, 1938
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COMBINATION. FORK AND FENDER
Bert‘ J. Anderson, Hammond, Ind.
‘ Application. July;v 1-, '1935,_-SeriaI~,No._ 29,219;
5*Glaims.
This invention relates to an improvement in a
combinedforkand fender for a velocipede and
has for one of its principal objects the provision
of means for producing an article which is rugged
5 and substantial.
Another important object of this invention re
sides in the construction of a fork which‘provides
a partial cover for a wheel. -
A still further important object of this inven
10 tion resides in the provision of means for securing
the steering post to the yoke and fork without
Welding.
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Still another and further important object of
the invention resides in the provision of means
15 for forming a journal adjacent the bottom por
tion of the fork.
Additional objects of importance and advan
tage will be apparent from the following descrip
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tion and the attached drawing.
The invention, in a preferred form, is illus
trated in the drawing and hereinafter more fully
described.
In the drawing:
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Figure 1 is a side elevation of the combined
25 fork and fender of this invention.
Figure 2 is a ‘sectional view taken on the line
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3
2-2 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a top plan view thereof.
Figure 4 is a rear elevation of the invention.
As shown in the drawing:
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The reference numeral l0 indicates in a gener
al way the body of the combined fork and fender
of this invention. This portion of the body is
preferably constructed of sheet metal and may
be formed of either one or two pieces.
The body I0 is substantially U-shaped in cross
section and is apertured to receive a steering post
I2. The upper longitudinal edge of the body It]
4 O is convex, as is plainly shown in Figure 1. An ap
ertured yoke l 4 conforming in shape to the upper
inside portion of the body is secured thereto pref
erably by spot-welding. However, it will be ob
vious that any other suitable securing means may
45 be employed. The apertures in the yoke l4 and
in the body Ill are in alignment and adapted to
receive the end of the steering post l2.
The steering post [2 is preferably constructed
of solid metal with a shoulder l6 adjacent the
50 lower end thereof. This end of the steering post
is inserted into the aligned apertures to the
shoulder l6 and the end of the post is then riv
eted to the inside surface of the yoke as is best
shown in Figure 2. The apertures in the body I0
55 and the yoke I4 are preferably irregular in shape
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to lbetterrresist, strain {and torsion and. also to proventy.,the joint fromaworkingloose.
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Projecting downwardly and slightly forwardly,
from approximately the center of each lower edge
of the body is an axle'securing member I8. Ex- 5
tending upwardly from the bottom of each mem
ber I8 is a slot 20.
A portion of the metal re
moved to form the slot 20 is turned upwardly as ,
indicated bythe reference numeral 22 and a por
tion is turned outwardly 23 to form a bearing sur- 10
face for an axle 24.
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After the axle has been inserted in the slots 20,
the ends of the members [8 on each side of said
slot are forced together to prevent removal of said
axle.
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It will be apparent from the foregoing that
herein is provided a combined fork and fender
which is both rugged and sturdy and also readily
lends itself to streamlining.
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Moreover it will be apparent from the fore- 20
going that the body of the combined fork and
fender of this invention may be constructed of
a single piece of sheet metal or may be formed
from two stampings.
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I am aware that many changes may be made 25
and numerous details of construction varied
throughout a wide range without departing from
the principles of this invention and I, therefore,
do not purpose limiting the patent granted here
on otherwise than necessitated by the prior art.
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I claim as my invention:
1. In a combination fork and fender for a ve
locipede, an apertured sheet metal member sub
stantially U-shaped in cross section, said mem
ber having a longitudinally convex upper sur
face, means for securing an axle adjacent the
lower edges of said sheet metal member, an ap
ertured yoke secured to the inner surface of said
sheet metal member, said apertures being in 40
alignment, and means for securing a steering
post to said yoke, said means including an ex
panded portion of the post above and contacting
the upper surface of the combination member.
2. In a combination fork and fender for a ve- 45
locipede, an apertured sheet metal member sub~
stantially U-shaped in cross section, said member
having a longitudinally convex upper surface,
means for securing an axle adjacent the lower
edges of said sheet metal member, said means 50
comprising a slot extending upwardly’ from said
edges, an apertured yoke secured to the inner
surface of said sheet metal member, said aper
tures being in alignment, and means for secur
ing a steering post to said yoke, said means in- 55
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cluding annular recess in said steering post ad
jacent the lower end thereof.
3. In a combination fork and fender for a Ve
an annular shoulder near the lower end thereof
secured to said yoke and extending upwardly
through said sheet metal body, the lower end of
said post being expanded to secure said yoke and
said body between the expanded end and the an
nular shoulder, and slot means for securing an
axle adjacent the lower edges of said body.
locipede, an apertured sheet metal member sub
stantially U-shaped in cross section, said mem
her having a longitudinally convex upper surface,
means for securing an axle adjacent the lower
5. In a combined fork and fender for a veloci
edges of said sheet metal member, said means
comprising a slot extending upwardly from said pede including a sheet metal body having down
wardly turned sides, said sides being spaced apart, 10
10 edges, an apertured yoke secured to the inner
said body being adapted to cover the upper por
surface of said sheet metal member, said aper
tion of a wheel and conforming substantially to
tures being in alignment, and a steering post se
cured to said yoke, a portion of said steering post , the contour thereof, portions of the lower edges of
said body being formed to receive an axle, seg
being expanded and said expanded portion con
mental portions of said body being turned out 15
15 tacting the upper surface of said sheet metal
wardly to form bearing surfaces for the top and
member.
4. A fork for a velocipede comprising a sheet sides of an axle, an apertured yoke secured to
the inner surface of said body, and an upwardly
metal body having a longitudinally curved up
per surface and being substantially U-shaped in extending steering post secured to said yoke and
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extending through and secured to said body.
20 cross section, said body being adapted to cover the
upper portion of a velocipede wheel, a yoke posi
BERT J. ANDERSON.
tioned within said body, a steering post having
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