Skateboard Foot Pedal Mechanism
1. An attachable human-powered propulsion apparatus for any type of skateboard comprising:
- A method for a user to accelerate forward without removing feet from the vehicle.A foot supporting pedal that attaches to the top surface of the vehicleA power-transmission response for causing at least one of said wheels to spin as a result of the depression of one'"'"'s footA pivoting means for said foot pedal that allows a long lever arm to have an optimal angular deviation during a pedal strokeA method of returning the pedal to an upright position after foot depression.
A manually operated propelling method for skateboard or longboard skating comprising of an attachable foot pedal mechanism. The mechanism translates linear motion from the user to rotational motion at the wheel of the skateboard. This mechanism allows the rider to propel the skateboard forward without having to remove a foot from the skateboard deck. This is achieved by pushing a spring loaded pedal mounted on the board, which moves a bracket containing a unidirectional ratchet styled gear, which then drives a driving gear that is clamped to the one of the skateboard trucks, which in turn interacts with a driven gear attached to one or more wheels of the skateboard.
- 1. An attachable human-powered propulsion apparatus for any type of skateboard comprising:
A method for a user to accelerate forward without removing feet from the vehicle. A foot supporting pedal that attaches to the top surface of the vehicle A power-transmission response for causing at least one of said wheels to spin as a result of the depression of one'"'"'s foot A pivoting means for said foot pedal that allows a long lever arm to have an optimal angular deviation during a pedal stroke A method of returning the pedal to an upright position after foot depression.
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The present disclosure generally relates to an apparatus which transfers energy from a manually operated mechanism to a wheel or wheels on a skateboard. In particular, to an apparatus which can transfer translational energy from a foot pedal to a gear train, and from the gear train to a driving wheel.
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Skateboards are old and well known in the art. The common way to propel a skateboard is to kick the ground with one foot while the other remains stationary on the board. Even on flat ground, enough energy is lost due to friction between the wheels and the ground that the user is required to kick the ground repeatedly to propel the skateboard. This causes a moment of imbalance, as the user has to momentarily support their weight on one foot in order to kick the ground, thus increasing the risk of injury.
A common alternative to constantly kick the ground to propel the skateboard is to use an electric motor powered skateboard. The electric motor powers the wheels of the skateboard, drawing power from a battery, which propels the skateboard, freeing the user from kicking the ground as a means to propel the skateboard. This technology is expensive to purchase and, with the electric motor needing to be recharged, is not always able to be used if the battery depletes its electrical charge.
U.S. Pat. No. 8,465,056 to Weir et al. discloses a longboard skating propulsion pole which is used by pushing the ground with the pole using your arms.
U.S. Pat. No. 7,192,038 to Tsai discloses a foot propelled scooter where the primary way of propelling the scooter is with two foot pedals.
Therefore, there is an unmet need for a more affordable approach to eliminating the constant need to kick in order to propel the board forward to overcome the small amount of friction between the wheels and ground. Thus there is a need to provide a system for propelling the skateboard forward without having to remove one foot from the board to kick.
An apparatus which is a system that transfers manual input from a foot pedal on the board moved by a foot of the user to one or more wheels on a skateboard.
Accordingly, it is an objective of the present invention to provide a system that converts the linear motion from the foot pedal into rotational motion for a wheel of the skateboard.
It is a further objective of the present invention to allow the skateboard user to avoid removing one foot from the board to consistently kick the ground to propel the board on a flat surface to overcome the friction between the wheels and ground.
For the purposes of promoting an understanding of the principles of the present disclosure, reference will now be made to the embodiments illustrated in the drawings, and specific language will be used to describe the same. It will nevertheless be understood that no limitation of the scope of this disclosure is thereby intended.
In the present disclosure, the term “about” can allow for a degree of variability in a value or range, for example, within 10%, within 5%, or within 1% of a stated value or of a stated limit of a range.
In the present disclosure, the term “substantially” can allow for a degree of variability in a value or range, for example, within 90%, within 95%, or within 99% of a stated value or of a stated limit of a range.
Those having ordinary skill in the art will recognize that numerous modifications can be made to the specific implementations described above. The implementations should not be limited to the particular limitations described. Other implementations may be possible.
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