Title:
Treadmill with a table top
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A treadmill includes a base, a frame with an endless belt pivotably connected to the base, two upright supports connected to two sides of the base, a board pivotably connected to the two supports. The board has two first leg assemblies and two second leg assemblies connected to a surface thereof. The first leg assemblies are pivotably connected to the two supports so that the board is pivoted downward and secured to the supports. The board is used as a table top.



Inventors:
Chang, Huang-tung (Chang-Hua, TW)
Application Number:
11/007320
Publication Date:
02/23/2006
Filing Date:
12/09/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B22/02
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Primary Examiner:
NGUYEN, TAM M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Chang Huang - Tung (P.O. Box 487, Chang-Hua City, null, 500, TW)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A treadmill comprising: a base with two upright supports connected to two sides of the base; a frame having one end pivotably connected between the two sides of the base and an endless belt reeving through two ends of the frame, and a board having two first leg assemblies and two second leg assemblies connected to a surface of the board wherein the surface faces the frame, the first leg assemblies pivotably connected to the two supports.

2. The treadmill as claimed in claim 1, wherein each of the first and second leg assemblies includes an inner tube fixed on the board and an outer tube which is movably mounted to the inner tube.

3. The treadmill as claimed in claim 2, wherein a plurality of first holes are defined through the inner tube and a plurality of second holes are defined through the outer tube of each of the first and second leg assemblies, a pin extending through aligned first and second holes to position the outer tube relative to the inner tube of each of the first and second leg assemblies.

4. The treadmill as claimed in claim 1, wherein each of the supports is a tubular member with C-shaped cross section and includes a notch with which respective one of the two first leg assemblies is engaged, a connection pin pivotably connecting each of the first leg assemblies to the support corresponding thereto, each of the supports having a positioning bolt threadedly extending therethrough and engaged with one of the second holes when the corresponding first leg assembly is located co-axially connected with the support.

5. The treadmill as claimed in claim 1, wherein the board is connected to a table frame and two side panels are pivotably connected to two sides of the board.

6. The treadmill as claimed in claim 5 further comprising a plurality of positioning tabs pivotably connected to the board and the tabs being pivoted to be located across conjunction sides of each panel and each one of the two sides of the board to prevent the side panels from being folded.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a treadmill with a table top when the treadmill is in its folded status.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A conventional treadmill is generally includes a base with two posts extending from two sides of the base and a handle assembly is connected to a top portion of the two posts, a frame with a driving motor is pivotably connected to the base and an endless belt driven by the motor is connected to the frame. In order to reduce the space occupied by the treadmill, manufacturers develop so many types of folding mechanism to fold the frame and/or the handle assembly relative to the base. The size of folded treadmills becomes compact so as to be stored in a smaller space. However, Once the treadmills are folded, they have no extra function but a folded and compact exercising device.

The present invention intends to provide a treadmill that includes a table top which is positioned horizontally when the treadmill is folded.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a treadmill that comprises a base with two upright supports on two sides of the base and a frame has one end pivotably connected between the two sides of the base and an endless belt reeves through two ends of the frame. A board has two first leg assemblies and two second leg assemblies connected to a surface of the board wherein the surface faces the frame. The first leg assemblies are pivotably connected to the two supports so that the board is able to be pivoted toward the frame and used as a table top.

The present invention will become more obvious from the following description when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings which show, for purposes of illustration only, a preferred embodiment in accordance with the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a side view to show the treadmill of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a top view to show the treadmill of the present invention;

FIG. 3 shows that the first leg assembly on the board is pivotably connected to one of the supports;

FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view to show the second leg assembly;

FIG. 5 shows that the board includes two side panels;

FIG. 6 shows the board is pivoted downward and is used as a table top, and

FIG. 7 shows that table top can be adjusted up and down.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring to FIGS. 1 to 4, the treadmill 10 of the present invention comprises a base 11 with two upright supports 111 connected to two sides of the base 11 and a frame 12 has one end pivotably connected two upright tubes on the two sides of the base 11 and an endless belt 13 reeves through two ends of the frame 12. A driving motor (not shown) is connected to the frame 20 to drive the endless belt 13.

A board 22 connected to a table frame 20 has two first leg assemblies 21 and two second leg assemblies 210 connected to a surface of the board 22 wherein the surface faces the frame 12. The two first leg assemblies 21 are pivotably connected to the two supports 111 respectively. The second leg assemblies 210 are used as two handles and a control panel is located between the two second leg assemblies 210 as shown FIG. 4. Each of the first and second leg assemblies 21, 210 includes an inner tube 211 fixed on the board 22 and an outer tube 212 which is movably mounted to the inner tube 211. A plurality of first holes 2121 are defined through the inner tube 211 and a plurality of second holes 2111 are defined through the outer tube 212 of each of the first and second leg assemblies 21, 210. A pin 213 extends through aligned first and second holes 2121, 2122 to position the outer tube 212 relative to the inner tube 211 of each of the first and second leg assemblies 21, 210.

Each of the supports 111 is a tubular member with C-shaped cross section so that an open slot is defined longitudinally in each support 111. A notch 113 is defined in a top of each support 111 and respective one of the two first leg assemblies 21 is engaged with the notch 113., a connection pin 2123 pivotably connecting each of the first leg assemblies 21 to the support 111 corresponding thereto, each of the supports 111 having a positioning bolt 112 threadedly extending therethrough and engaged with one of the second holes 2111 when the corresponding first leg assembly 21 is located co-axially connected with the support 111.

When folding the board 22 downward, referring to FIG. 6, the two first leg assemblies 21 are pivoted about the two respective connection pins 2123 and removed from the notches 113 till they are received in the two respective slots of the two supports 111. The positioning bolts 112 are then threadedly extended through the two supports 111 and engaged with the second holes 2111 of the two first leg assemblies 21. In this status, the two first leg assemblies 21 are co-axially connected with the supports 111 respectively. The board 22 is placed horizontally so as to be used as a table top.

As shown in FIGS. 5 and 7, two side panels 221 are pivotably connected to two sides of the board 22 by hinges and a plurality of positioning tabs 222 are pivotably connected to the board 22 and the tabs 222 can be pivoted to locate across conjunction sides of each panel 221 and each one of the two sides of the board 22 to prevent the side panels 221 from being folded. This enlarges the usable area of the table top. The height of the table top can be adjusted up and down by re-arranging the pins 213 to extend another set of aligned first and second holes 2111, 2121.

While we have shown and described the embodiment in accordance with the present invention, it should be clear to those skilled in the art that further embodiments may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention.