Patent application title: FOOT COUPLING DEVICE FOR A BICYCLE PEDAL
Xiao-Ming Deng (Flushing, NY, US)
IPC8 Class: AB62M316FI
Class name: Cranks and pedals pedals with toe or shoe clips
Publication date: 2011-11-24
Patent application number: 20110283829
An inner side upper foot coupling device for a bicycle pedal is provided
made of a cylindrical rod. The coupling device has a middle portion that
is U-shaped, two poles having different lengths connected to the middle
portion and bases connecting to the poles for attachment to a bicycle
1. An inner side upper foot coupling device for a bicycle pedal made from
a cylindrical rod comprising: a) a middle portion of said rod having a
U-shaped structure; each end of said U-shaped structure ending in a bend;
b) two portions of said rod having different lengths, non-contiguous with
one another, each of the two portions continuing one of the bends at each
end of the U-shaped structure, said two portions extending the same
direction from the U-shaped structure to form standing portions; wherein
said U-shaped structure extends in the same direction from each of said
standing portions to form a cover, said cover being shorter than each of
the standing portions; and c) two ends of said rod comprising
interlocking means, wherein said two ends are respectively arranged each
of said two portions and extend from said two portions in the
substantially the same direction as said standing portions, wherein said
two ends are parallel to one another and are fixed in a parallel position
without causing deformation to said U-shaped structure; and wherein said
interlocking means on said two ends define a line perpendicularly across
said two ends, wherein said line is closer to a portion of the U-shaped
structure at a side where the U-shaped structure is connected the portion
of the two portions being shorter in length than a side of the U-shaped
structure connected to the portion of the two portions being longer in
2. The inner side upper foot coupling device of claim 1, wherein said interlocking means comprises threading.
3. The inner side upper foot coupling device of claim 1, wherein said two portions of said rod are substantially parallel to one another.
4. The inner side upper foot coupling device of claim 1, wherein said two portions of said rod define a plane substantially perpendicular to said U-shaped structure.
5. The inner side upper foot coupling device of claim 1 wherein said U-shaped structure define a plane substantially perpendicular to each of said two portions.
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
 This application claims the benefit of patent application Ser. No 11/893,838, Filed 2007 Aug. 16, now abandoned.
 Patent application Ser. No. 11/893,838 claims the benefit of the patent application Ser. No. 11/890,848, Filed 2007 Aug. 08, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,938,040.
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH
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SEQUENCE LISTING OR PROGRAM
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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Field Of Invention
 This invention relates to a bicycle pedal attachment device made from a cylindrical rod.
 Currently, there are special bicycle pedals which allow people to pull in addition to push, using their foot. These special pedals include pedals with straps, pedals with straps and toe clips, and pedals that require a special shoe to engage at the sole. However, many people choose not to use these special pedals to ride a bicycle, they choose to use a regular bicycle pedal that is limited only to pushing, because:
 a) people do not feel confident enough that once their foot is engaged with one of the special pedals, they can disengage their foot fast enough during an emergency to avoid a bicycle accident, and/or
 b) pedals that require special shoes are expensive and not user friendly.
Objects and Advantages
 The object of the present invention is to provide a new solution to improve push and pull bicycle pedaling. Compared to the prior art, the present invention allows push and pull bicycle pedaling to be more fun and safer by providing the following advantages:
 1. providing a better upper foot coupling device that is more comfortable for a foot to apply an upward force,
 2. providing a better upper foot coupling device that has more space for a foot to disengage,
 3. providing a more user friendly upper foot coupling device so a user can operate a bicycle wearing sneakers,
 4. providing a better upper foot coupling device that allows a user to step into the pedal more comfortably,
 5. providing a better upper foot coupling device that is easier and cheaper to manufacture, and
 6. providing a better upper foot coupling device that may be used for indoor cycling as well.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
 This invention is made from a bent cylindrical rod with threading at both ends. The bent rod has a U-shaped structure which has a bend at either end of the U-shape, followed by two poles having unequal length, each of the poles being longer than the U-shaped portion. The poles continue with bases in the substantially the same direction as the poles. The bases are designed to be inserted into a bicycle pedal having two holes stand close to inner side of the pedal body.
 FIG. 1a is an exploded view of the inner side upper foot coupling device 91 and pedal 82.
 FIG. 1b is a perspective view on the inner side upper foot coupling device 91 attached to pedal 82.
 FIG. 1c is a side view of the inner side upper foot coupling device 91.
 FIG. 1d is a front view of the inner side upper foot coupling device 91.
 FIG. 2a is a front view of the inner side upper foot coupling device 92.
 FIG. 2b is a perspective view of the inner side upper foot coupling device 92.
 FIG. 2c is a side view of the inner side upper foot coupling device 92.
 91 inner side upper foot coupling device (first embodiment)  92 inner side upper foot coupling device (second embodiment)  82 pedal  39 pedal body  23 recess  16a, 16b, 17b, 17a, 18 U-shaped portion  15a, 15b quarter circle curves  14a shorter pole  14b longer pole  11a, 11b vertical bases or threading or two ends  7a, 7b holes  1a, 1b, 1c, 1d hex nuts
 The inner side upper foot coupling device 91 is made from a bend cylindrical rod with threading 11a and 11b at both ends as interlocking means to attach to a pedal. The middle portion of the rod is a U-shaped portion 16a, 16b, 17a, 17b, 18, smoothly continued by two large inward bend quarter circle curves 15a and 15b, said curves smoothly continued by a shorter pole 14a and a longer pole 14b at each side to form the standing portions. The two unequal length poles each 16 degrees off perpendicular to said U-shaped portion. Poles 14a and 14b continued by bases 11a and 11b at the ends without bending. The threading 11a and 11b on bases 11a and 11b are parallel and symmetry to each other. The length of the threading at the bases 11a and 11b can be longer and thus allow U-shaped portion 16a, 16b, 17a, 17b, 18 to be fixed at a lower height on pedal 82.
 In FIGS. 1c and 1d, member 14a and 14b can define a plane perpendicular to U-shaped portion 16a, 16b, 17a, 17b, 18. The cover of the U-shaped structure from the poles is significantly shorter than the length of the poles 14a and 14b; this is to assume the large quarter circle curves 15a and 15b are small right angle curves.
 FIG. 1a shows the upper foot coupling device 91 is positioned on top and close to inner side of bicycle pedal 82. Bases 11a, 11b are respectively pointing at holes 7a and 7b in recess 23. Hex nuts 1a, 1c, and 1b, 1d are respectively line up to holes 7a and 7b, ready to secure onto threading 11a, 11b that emerge from holes 7a and 7b. FIG. 1b shows foot coupling device 91 fully inserted into bicycle pedal 82 and secured by hex nuts 1a, 1c and 1b, 1d on pedal 82. Washers can be added in between the hex nuts for improve security.
 Bicycle pedal 82 comprising, pedal shaft, pedal body 39, and holes 7a and 7b close to inner side of the pedal body. Holes 7a and 7b sandwiching the pedal shaft and stand perpendicular to the pedal shaft. Holes 7a and 7b allow insertion and attachment of vertical bases 11a and 11b of foot coupling device 91.
 FIGS. 2a, 2b and 2c show foot coupling device 92 is made from a bent cylindrical shaped rod with threading 11a and 11b at the ends. The bases 11a and 11b of foot coupling device 92 is also designed to insert and attach to a bicycle pedal 82 having two holes 7a and 7b stand close to inner side of the pedal.
 In general, the bent rod 92 comprises a U-shaped structure 16a, 17a, 18, 17b, 16b in the middle portion of the rod, two large inwardly bent curves 15a and 15b, respectively, continue with a shorter pole 14a and a longer pole 14b forming the standing portions, and two parallel bases 11a and 11b at ends respectively extend from said two poles in the substantially the same direction as said two poles.
 Specifically, U-shaped structure 16a, 17a, 18, 17b, 16b is lying on a plane perpendicular to pole 14a and pole 14b; bases 11a and 11b are parallel and they are 25 degrees off parallel to poles 14a and 14b; said bases and said poles are lying on a single plane; base 11b is longer than base 11a; the threading on both ends are equal; and a perpendicular line can be drawn across the two bases to intersect the end of the threading at both sides; said perpendicular line is closer to a side of the U-shaped structure that continues with the shorter pole, i.e. 14a.
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