United States Patent 3782559

A ceiling cycle rack of an easily portable construction for suspending cycles from ceilings including a plate removably extended from the ceiling by a plurality of hooks or the like, and a pair of J-shaped hangers attached to the plate and laterally adjustable thereon to engage a cycle frame. Fittings are provided to adapt the hanger for suspending girls' cycle frames. Extension means permit adjustment of the vertical height of the cycle. A scale is used to test the weight supporting the capacity of the plate suspension means.

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Primary Class:
Other Classes:
211/113, 248/339, D12/115
International Classes:
B62H3/12; (IPC1-7): B62H3/12
Field of Search:
211/5,17,18,19,20,21,22,117,118,176,115,116,64,113 248
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US Patent References:
3310271Apertured display board and hardware therefor1967-03-21King
2937758Holder for clothing and like1960-05-24Tabb

Primary Examiner:
Frazier, Roy D.
Assistant Examiner:
Stroup, Richard L.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Semmes, David H.
I claim

1. A ceiling cycle rack comprising:

2. A ceiling cycle rack comprising:

3. A ceiling cycle rack as claimed in claim 2, wherein said dowels are slidably adjustable in said openings and means for fixedly securing said dowels in adjusted positions in said openings for adjustment of the cycle support members.


Heretofore, various structures have been used for suspending bicycles from ceilings, walls and the like. These prior constructions, however, have been in many instances complicated in mounting to supporting structures and cumbersome in removably suspending cycle frames therefrom.

The present invention is for a ceiling cycle rack of an easily portable construction which is simple in design and readily adaptable for different sizes, weights and frame construction.


The ceiling cycle rack of the invention includes a plate removably suspendable from a ceiling by hooks or the like and of an easily portable construction, whereby it can be moved by a user from one location to another. A pair of J-shaped hangers, which are laterally adjustably attached to the plate, are engageable with the cross bar of a male type cycle frame and fittings are provided to adapt the hanger for suspending female type cycle frames. The vertical height of the cycle suspension can be adjusted. In order to assure sufficient strength to support the weight of the cycle, a scale is used to test the load carrying capacity of the suspension means for the rack.

Additional objects and advantages of the invention will be more readily apparent from a detailed description of embodiments thereof when taken together with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a side elevational view of the ceiling cycle rack suspended from a conventional ceiling and mounting a male type bicycle;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged, fragmentary sectional view taken along line 2--2 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a fragmentary perspective view of a cycle rack for supporting a female type bicycle frame;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged, fragmentary sectional view taken along line 4--4 of FIG. 3 showing adjustability and securement means for a hanger adapter;

FIG. 5 is a side elevational view of a female type bicycle supported on the hanger construction of FIGS. 3 and 4; and

FIG. 6 is a detailed elevational view of testing means and procedure for weight carrying capacity of ceiling suspension hooks for the cycle rack.

Referring now in more detail to the drawings, in FIG. 1 a male type bicycle generally designated 10 is shown suspended from a ceiling cycle rack generally designated 12 which is suspended from a ceiling 14. The bicycle includes, as a normal construction, a frame 16 including crossbar 18, front post 20, rear frame 22, front wheel 24, rear wheel 26, pedal drive 28, handlebar 30 and seat 32. The cycle construction as shown is of a usual type.

The cycle rack 12 includes a flat plate 34 which can be of different materials, such as suitable plastics, metal, wood and the like, and of appropriate dimensions for the desired use. The plate 34 is provided with a plurality of holes 36 proximate the top edge thereof and preferably, as shown, at least three longitudinally spaced holes adapted for suspending the plate from the ceiling. Various means can be used to suspend the plate. In the embodiment of FIG. 1, screw hooks 38 are used and can be directly engaged in the material of the ceiling, such as a rafter or stringer or the like, as shown, for example, at 40 in FIG. 6. It is also contemplated that wood or other metallic or plastic expanding dowels 42 can be inserted in appropriate holes drilled in the ceiling structure.

The dowels can be of a usual type having bores therethrough adapted for receiving the threaded portion of the hooks. Suspension hangers, as shown in detail in FIG. 2 and indicated at 44, interengage the hooks 38 and the plate 34 with a portion thereof passing through holes 36. As shown in FIG. 2, the hangers 44 are preferably of an open construction indicated at 46 to facilitate engagement and mounting of the plate from the hooks and, additionally, can be used as extension hangers by interengaging a plurality of the hangers. It is also contemplated, of course, that the plate 34 can be directly suspended from the hooks 38. The construction obviously provides for easy vertical adjustment of the plate.

The plate configuration as shown in FIG. 1 includes a plurality of vertical rows of attaching openings 48 to which are attached J-shaped hooks or hangers 50 by means of nuts and bolts 52. The plural rows which are laterally spaced permit attachment of the members 50 in different positions for adaptability to different cycle frame sizes. When mounted as shown in FIG. 1, the hook portion 54 of the hangers engages under crossbar 18 of the cycle frame.

The plate 34 can, of course, have different dimensions and configurations. As shown, it includes two end portions in the nature of depending legs 56 at opposite ends of a central cutout portion 58 which provides for lightness and ease of manipulation.

FIGS. 3, 4 and 5 show a modification adapted for suspending a cycle frame 60 which is of a female type which omits the top crossbar in a known manner. This frame includes front 62 and rear 64 V-bars. The J-shaped hangers 50A have lateral openings 66 extending through the hook portions 54A in which are adjustably slidably mounted dowel pins 68 mounting suspension hooks 70. A bolt 72 permits securement of the position of the dowel 68 in the opening 66 to provide flexibility of sizing of the suspension means.

A combination hose clamp/eye bolt 74 is adapted for removable and adjustable mounting on the V-bars 62 and 64 as shown in FIG. 5 and can be easily located at the installation phase and attached by most bikesters. The eyes 76 engage over hooks 70 and the hose clamp or the like of a known type 78 attach the eyes to the bars.

It is extremely important that each suspension hook be tested for weight carrying capacity prior to hanging the cycle. To this end, a scale 80 of a vertical suspension type is suspended by means of a hanger 82 on hook 38 and appropriate weights 84 suspended from the scale can be used to measure the weight carrying capacity of a hook 38. If, for example, a cycle weighs about 50 pounds, then each ceiling hook would be tested to 30 pounds of weight with the scale 80. The hook can be tested to indicate, for example, a region of 100 pounds yield to 140 pounds failure. Therefore, the 90 pounds total, or three times 30 pounds considering the three hooks, approaches at least twice the weight of the cycle. It can thus be assured that the possibility of breakage or detachment of the rack is avoided. By the same token, the materials and dimensions of the various other components is varied to insure safety in operation.

While screw hooks and dowels are shown in the drawings, it is contemplated that butterfly bolts or the like can be used as suspension means for the rack.

Manifestly, minor changes in the details of construction can be effected without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in and limited solely by the appended claims.