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Oct. .15, 1946.
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2,409,395
BICYCLE CARRIER
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Patented Oct. 15, 1946
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UNITED \ STATES
PATENT ' OFFICE
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VBIQYCLE CARRIER
Frank
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Schwinn, Chicago, Ill.
‘Original application November 19, 1943, Serial
No. 510,875. ‘Divided and this application
__ ~ March 7, 1,945,;Serial No. 581,393
. 9 Claims.
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(01. 224-29)
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The present invention relates‘ to bicycle car
riers, and is particularly concerned with the pro
vision of a carrier adapted to be used for trans
porting a bicycle on a motor car.
The present application is a division of my
prior application, Serial No. 510,875, ?led No
vember 19, 1943, for Bicycle carrier, and'relates
particularly to the modi?ed forms of the inven
tion not covered by the patent which issued on
and the accompanying 2
drawings,
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in . which sim
ilar characters of reference indicate similar
‘parts throughout the several views.
Referring to the drawings, of which thereare
two sheets,
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Fig. 1 is a rear elevational view of an auto
motive vehicle equipped with a bicycle carrier
embodying the invention and shown in connec
‘tion with a bicycle peculiarily adapted to beused
:said application as Patent No. 2,379,994; dated .10 with this carrier;
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July 10, 1945. One of the objects, of the‘ inven
'Fig. 2 is a'fragmentaryv sectional view taken
tion is to provide an improved carrier ‘and bi
' on the plane of the line 2-2 of Fig. 3, looking
cycle, the carrier of which is adapted to‘ be 'se
in the direction of the arrows; .
cured to the front or rear bumper of an auto
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary sectional viewLtaken
motive vehicle in such manner that the bicycle 15 .on the plane of the line 3-3 of Fig. 2, looking
may be supported by means of itsframe for
in the direction of the arrows;
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transportation ‘with the vehicle‘in such condi
Fig. 4 is a transverse cross-sectional view, taken
tion that it may be removed at‘any time, ready
on the plane of the line 4—4 of Fig. 3, looking in
for use.v
the direction of the arrows;
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Another object of the invention is the .provi 20 Fig. 5 is a fragmentary bottom plan view of
sion of an improved bicycle carrier for automo~
the bicycle structure, shown apart from the car
tive vehicles, which is adapted to support the
bicycle at such a point that there is little or no
Referring to Fig. 1, H3 indicates in its entirety
possibility of any damage to the bicycle by reason
an automotive vehicle provided with a bumper
of the jolts and jars to which it may be sub 25 I I and with the present invention for support
jected in transportation.
ing a bicycle I2. The present. bicycle differs in
Another object of the invention is theprovi
the construction of its frame from the usual
sion of an improved bicycle carrier of the class
frame structure in the position and arrangement
described which is adapted to be mounted on
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theFig.
seat3,post
l4 mast
indicates
tubethe
13. crank
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.; shaft
hanger
bumper bars of varying width and varying thick 30 of
rier.
ness or bumper'bars of various conformation vor
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tube which vis?joined by, welding» or other secure
cross-section.
fastening means tothe down tube I5 withthe
Another object of the invention is the provi
axis of the down; tube preferably intersecting the
sion of an improved bicycle carrier adapted to
‘axis of the hanger tube. The rear ‘fork members
engage the frame and support the bicycle from 35 I6,‘ I‘! are also secured to the crank- hangerjtube
its frame in such manner that no part of ..the
in the usual manner, with the axis of each rear
bicycle touches any part of the motorv car so
‘fork substantially intersecting the axis» of ‘the
that neither the bicycle nor the motor car will
have its ?nish marred, nor will any part of either
The front down tube I5 is preferably located
vehicle be damaged in any way.
40 midway between the ends of the crank hanger
crank hanger tube.
Another object of the invention is the provi
sion of an improved bicycle carrier which is
simple, sturdy, and capable of being manufac
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tube, While the rear fork ,members are spaced
from each other, as shown in Fig. 5, and their
‘outer surfaces at the crank tube may be ?ush
tured at a low cost, by means of which the bi.
with the ends of the crank tube.‘
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cycle may be quickly secured to the bumper for 45 The ‘seat post mast tube l3 and the hanger
transportation or quickly released with a mini
tube l4 preferably support a downwardly extend
mum amount of effort in condition for‘immediate
ing stud- 60, which may be-either solid or tubu
use.
lar, and which has a rounded lower end, and has
Another object of the invention is the provi~
its upper end suitably shaped to engage the seat
sion of a modi?ed construction which is adapted 50 post mast tube 13 and the hanger tube 54, to
to be utilized with existing forms of bicycles
which the stud 6t isvwelded.
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by merely making a suitable modi?cation of the
1 The stud Bil is adapted to'be received .in the
bicycle frame.
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bore 59 oftaclamp carried by a supporting arm
Other objects and advantages of the invention
58 of a carrier member 51. The clamping mem
will be apparent‘ from the fo11owing description 55 ber \51 is provided witha pair of laterally curved
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attached or removed with a minimum of effort.
arms 62, 63 surrounding the bore 59 and termi
nating in a pair of outwardly extending ?anges
64, 65, separated by a slot 68.
The ?anges 64, 65 are provided with the
aligned apertures 66 fOr receiving the screw bolt
61, which is provided with a nut 69.
The present carrier supports the bicycle by
means of its strongest part, that is, the frame,
and it is located substantially in line with the
center of gravity of the bicycle or as close to
this position as can be attained while still mak
ing a ?rm attachment to the frame.
The present carrier :is adapted to ‘be used with
The size ‘of the bore .59 is such that when the
stud 60 "is in the bore 59 and the ‘?anges "64, ‘55
‘bumpers of varying thickness and varying width,
are drawn together by the bolt 61, the stud is
?rmly clamped in the bore 59. The bracket 51 10. and holds the bicycle on the bumper of the mo
"tor car in such manner that it avoids marring
is provided with a pair of downwardly extending
worxdamaging of any part of either the motor car
arms 4|, 42 and a pair of upwardly extending
or bicycle. None of the parts of the bicycle need
arms 43, 44. These arms spread laterally from
‘have their adjustment disturbed in mounting the
a centrally located body portion 39 and are ‘pro
vided adjacent their ends with the slots 4.51for :15 bicycle onthe .car or dismounting it, and the
.bicycle immediately ready to be ridden when
receiving the hook bolts 41. ‘
the clamp which holds it has been released and
The slots 45 permit the hook bolts 4‘! to ‘help
the bicycle has been lifted elf the bracket.
cated immediately above and below the bumper
‘While ‘I have illustrated a preferred embodi
II and permit ‘the device to be used upon ‘bump
ers of different width. Each hook bolt is formed 20 ment of my invention, many modi?cations may
.be made without departing from the spirit-of the
with a hook 54 at one end and‘with a threaded
invention, and I do not wish to be limited to
portion 56 at ‘the other end, to be engaged !by the
the precise details of construction set forth, but
nut 48. 'I'he‘elongated threaded portion 56'per
desire to avail myself of all changes within the
mits ‘the use of the hook vbolts for securing the
scope of the appended claims.
bracket upon bumpers of different horizontal
Having thus described my invention, what I
thickness.
claim as new and desire to secure ‘by Letters Pat
The body portion 39 of ‘the bracket ‘51 is prefent of the vUnited States‘is:
erably provided with a V-shaped horizontal
1. In a bicycle carrier the combination of a
groove 49 and ‘with :a pad '53 of suitable ‘resilient
material, such as felt or rubber, ‘to engage ‘the .30 ‘supporting bracket ‘formed with a clamp socket,
said bracket being ‘adapted to be secured ‘to ‘the
‘bumper 'H ‘without m'arring it. The V-shaped
bumper of an automobile, and a bicycle having
groove 4!! ‘permits the bracket ‘to be used with
its frame provided with a downwardly extending
bumpers of different curvature, and the hat end
stud adapted to be received in said clamp socket,
"flanges 4|-44 permit the bracket to be used as
"said stud being permanently rigidly attached to
‘well upon ?at bumpers.
said frame and a part thereof and holding the
The operation of the present ‘bicycle carrier
bicycle in upright ‘position when said ‘stud is
‘is substantially as follows: The ‘clamp ‘bolt 6'1
clamped in said socket.
may be ‘released until the clamp is separated
2. In a bicycle carrier the combination of a
from the stud 60 on the bicycle frame, ‘and the
‘supporting bracket formed with a clamp socket,
clamping member 51 may‘then‘be secured .to the
said bracket being adapted ‘to be secured to the
bumper, as shown in Fig. 2. The position :should
be selected on the bumper which is adapted to
bumper of an automobile, and a bicycle having
‘hold the bicycle practically in center position
with respect to ‘the width of the ‘Vehicle; but
its 'frame‘provided with a downwardly extending
:stud adapted to be received in said clamp socket,
some may prefer to move the bracket slowly to
ward the right so ‘that “the bicycle does not pro
J'ect at the ‘left side of the ‘vehicle, ‘where cars
said stud being shaped at its upper end to en
gage the crank shaft hanger tube of the .frame
to ‘which it is welded and being shaped also to
engage the outside of ‘the :seat post mast tube
to which-it is alsowelded.
3. In a bicycle carrier the combination of an
going in the opposite direction mighten‘gage it.
The bracket 51 maybe tightly secured on ‘the
bumper by means of the hook bolts 41.. Then
the ‘bicycle may ‘be mounted with its stud 6B in
the bore 59, and the clamp bolt ‘.51 maybe tight
ened until the stud is firmly secured When it
‘is desired to 'use the ‘bicycle, the user has only :to
release the clamp bolt 61 and to ‘lift the bicycle
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automobile bumper having .a convex outer 'sur»
face with a bracket of substantially V shape hav-
ing upwardly and downwardly extending slotted
arms, said bracket being provided ‘with a hook
bolt in each of .its arms adapted to hook over the
‘ off, ‘audit is ready-for immediate-use.
edge of .the bumper, said hook bolts having :nuts
In some ‘bicycle constructions the steering post
may be provided with a lock which will "prevent
the steering post from rotating during trans~
portation. 'If desired, bicycles not equipped ‘with
for securing the bracket on the bumper, an out
wardly projecting arm carried by the bracket
and means carried by said arm for remova'bly
securing a, bicycle frame to the arm at substan
tially the vertical axis passing through the center
such a lock may have a ‘tension member, such as
of gravity of the bicycle, said means comprising
a spring, passed through between the spokes of
a clamp socket ‘carried by said arm and a comple
the front wheel and drawn back ‘until it can have
mentary stud permanently secured to the lower
both its ends hooked on the pedals or cranks to
prevent the front wheel assembly from turning (55 part of the bicycle frame on substantially the
vertical axis'passing through the center of gravity
on the‘steering post.
of the ‘frame.
‘The proximity of the bumper, ‘however, which
4. In a bicycle carrier, the combination of a
would ‘otherwise engage the front tire, will pre»
bicycle frarre having a seat post mast tube and
vent any substantial rotation of the front wheel
'a' crank hanger tube, ‘with a depending support—
assembly on its steering post.
a
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ing stud ?xedly secured to said seat post mast
It will thus be observed that I have invent
tube and ‘hanger tube, and a supporting member
ed an improved bicycle carrier by means of
comprising a body provided with a clamp 'for
which the bicycle may be ‘?xedly secured on the
receiving said stud, said body ‘having upwardly
bumper of an automotive vehicle so that it is
‘ready for immediate use, and ‘it may be quickly 75 and downwardly extending arms ‘for extending
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above and below a bumper, hook members hook
ing stud ?xedly secured to said seat post mast
ing on the upper edge and the lower edge of said
tube and hanger tube, and a supporting member
bumper and extending through said arms, and
comprising a body provided with a clamp for
threaded means for drawing said hook members
receiving said stud, said body having upwardly
and body into close engagement with the bumper.
and downwardly extending arms for extending
5. In a bicycle carrier, the combination of a
above and below a bumper, hook members hook
bicycle frame having a seat post mast tube and
ing on the upper edge and the lower edge of said
a crank hanger tube, with a depending support
bumper and extending through said arms, and
ing stud ?xedly secured to said seat post mast
threaded means for drawing said hook members
tube and hanger tube, and a supporting member 10 and body into close engagement with the bumper, '
comprising a body provided with a clamp for
said body being provided with a transversely ex
receiving said stud, said body having upwardly
tending V-shaped groove for engaging an out
and downwardly extending arms for extending
wardly curved portion of the bumper, and said
above and below a bumper, hookmemlbers hook
groove being provided with a resilient pad for
ing on the upper edge and the lower edge of said 15 engaging the face of the bumper.
bumper and extending through said arms, and
8. In a bicycle carrier- the combination of an
threaded means for drawing said hook members
automobile bumper, a bicycle frame having a
and body into close engagement with the bumper,
downwardly extending stud permanently and
said arms being provided with elongated slots,
rigidly a?ixed thereto, a V-shaped bracket hav
whereby the device may be applied to bumpers 20 ing upwardly and downwardly extending arms,
of different sizes.
adjustable means cooperating with the bumper
6. In a bicycle carrier, the combination of a
and said arms to hold said bracket on said bump
bicycle frame having a seat post mast tube and
or, an arm carried by said bracket and projecting
a crank hanger tube, with a depending support
away from the bumper, and a clamping socket
ing stud ?xedly secured to said seat post mast 25 carried by said arm for receiving and removably
tube and hanger tube, and a supporting member
securing said stud so that said bicycle frame is
comprising a body provided with a clamp for
supported and retained in upright position by
receiving said stud, said body having upwardly
said bracket.
and downwardly extending arms for extending
‘9. In a bicycle carrier, the combination of a
above and below a bumper, hook members hook 30 bracket having adjustable means for mounting
ing on the upper edge and the lower edge of said
it on an automobile bumper, a bicycle having a
bumper and extending through said arms, and
frame comprising a crank shaft hanger tube and
threaded means for drawing said‘ hook members
a‘ seat post mast tube and provided with a de
and body into close engagement with the bumper,
said body being provided with a transversely ex
tending V-shaped groove for engaging an out
pending stud, said stud being permanently and
35 rigidly ?xed to both the crank shaft-hanger tube
wardly curved portion of the bumper.
7. In a bicycle carrier, the combination of a
bicycle frame having a seat post mast tube and
a crank hanger tube, with a depending support 40
and the seat post mast tube, and a socket carried
by said bracket for receiving said stud to support
said bicycle by said bracket in upright position
on said bumper.
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FRANK W. SCHWINN.
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