Bicycle seat assembly

  • US 6,158,806 A
  • Filed: 07/23/1999
  • Issued: 12/12/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/24/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A bicycle seat assembly arranged to support a person having right and left buttocks, right and left ischial-tuberosities, right and left thighs, and a center lower body portion located between the thighs, said assembly being arranged to provide proper support and hygienic safety, and also provide comfort, clearance and operating mobility for the person in a seated pedaling mode, a seating coasting mode, and a stand up pedaling mode, said assembly comprising:

  • a) a bicycle seat comprising a front portion, a rear portion, two outer side portions and a longitudinal center axis extending through the front and rear portions;

    b) said bicycle seat having a functional surface area, comprising;

    i) a main support surface region;

    ii) a center tactile surface region;

    c) said main support surface region comprising;

    i) a generally horizontal, upperwardly facing main surface portion;

    ii) a forward support surface portion having right and left forward surface support sections extending forwardly and downwardly from the main support surface portion;

    d) said center tactile surface region having a raised center surface portion and outwardly facing side tactile surface portions to engage upper rear inside thigh surface portions of the person;

    e) said bicycle seat having right and left upwardly facing primary support surface zones spaced from one another on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis, located at a forward part of the main support surface portion to engage the person'"'"'s ischial-tuberosities in the seated pedaling mode;

    f) said main support region having right and left leading edges, each of which has an inner leading edge location adjacent to said center tactile surface portion and two outer leading edge locations, each of which is located forwardly of, and longitudinally aligned with, its related primary support zone, said outer leading edge locations being positioned rearwardly of said inner leading edge locations;

    g) the primary support zones being at a height relative to a center area of the functional surface region located between the primary support zones and forwardly therefrom, to maintain the center lower body portion out of bearing contact with the functional surface region;

    h) said seat assembly being characterized in that the outer leading edge location is not greater than 2.5 inches rearwardly of the inner leading location and no less than 0.5 inch rearwardly of said inner leading edge location.

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