Removable, non-turning handlebar grip

  • US 6,263,759 B1
  • Filed: 09/13/1999
  • Issued: 07/24/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/16/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A handlebar grip assembly (10) removably attached near an end (12) of a handlebar (11) which grip assembly (10) will not rotate around said handlebar (11) in use and yet is easily removed from the handlebar, said handlebar grip assembly (10) and handlebar (11) combination comprising:

  • a handlebar (11) having a pair of grip-receiving lengths (13) adjacent each end (12), each of said pair of grip-receiving lengths (13) having a cylindrical outer surface (14) with a grip length outside diameter (15);

    a handlebar grip assembly (10) removably affixed about each of said pair of grip-receiving lengths (13), said handlebar grip assembly (10) comprising;

    an inner rigid shell (16) having an inner surface (17) shaped to slide over one of said pair of grip-receiving lengths (13) and an outer surface (17

    ), said inner rigid shell (16) having a first end (18) and a second end (19), at least one of said first end (18) and second end (19) having at least one lengthwise protrusion (20, 20

    , 21, 21

    ) extending longitudinally from the inner surface (17) and radially outwardly to form a curved protrusion from said at least one of said first end (18) and said second end (19). said at least one lengthwise protrusion (20, 20

    , 21, 21

    ) extending circumferentially only part way around said at least one of said first end and said second end, so that there is a space (36) adjacent said at least one lengthwise protrusion;

    an outer, flexible grip (22) having an inner surface (23) affixed to the outer surface (17

    ) of said inner rigid shell (16) and an outer surface (24) a first end (25) and a second end (26); and

    at least one rigid clamp (27, 28) having an inner gripping surface (29) into which is formed at least one shell-protrusion-receiving recess (30, 31) and said at least one rigid clamp (27, 28) having means for tightening (32, 33, 34) against said handlebar outer surface (14) and against said at least one lengthwise protrusion (20, 20

    , 21, 21

    ) and against said handlebar outer surface along said space (36) sufficiently so that the at least one rigid clamp (27, 28) will, when tightened, hold said handlebar grip assembly (10) in a non turning manner on said handlebar (11) and said at least one rigid clamp further having means for loosening from against said handlebar (11) so that the handlebar grip assembly (10) can be removed from the handlebar and yet while the at least one rigid clamp (27, 28) is tightened, the handlebar grip assembly (10) will not rotate around the handlebar (11).

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