Title:
Structure for supporting wheel of roller skate
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A structure for supporting a wheel of a roller skate which enables a wheel coupled to an outsole of a roller skate to be supported and retracted simply and reliably is disclosed. The structure includes a frame attached to an outsole of the roller skate, which has at its bottom wall recesses and protrusions; a swing plate pivotally coupled to the frame, which has a central hole; and a bracket for rotatably supporting a wheel, which has a throughhole and a top portion to be releasably fitted in the pair of fitting recesses of the frame, and which is rotatably coupled to the swing plate by a bolt threaded in the hole of the swing plate through the throughhole of the bracket. The bracket has a pair of arms extending downward which rotatably support the wheel therebetween, and a protrusion formed at the top portion thereof which is releasably fitted in the fitting recesses of the frame. The throughhole of the bracket is formed with a concentric counterbored portion receiving a coil spring therein.



Inventors:
Kim, Jeong-jae (Daegu, KR)
Application Number:
09/995981
Publication Date:
05/23/2002
Filing Date:
11/19/2001
Assignee:
Jong-kuk PARK (Daegu, KR)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
280/11.25
International Classes:
A63C17/20; (IPC1-7): A63C17/02
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Primary Examiner:
SHRIVER II, JAMES A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DILWORTH & BARRESE, LLP (WOODBURY, NY, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A structure for supporting a wheel of a roller skate comprising: a frame attached to an outsole of the roller skate, having an upper wall, a pair of side walls, and at least one of a front and rear wall being opened, and a bottom wall having a “T”-shaped cut opening thereby forming a pair of fitting recesses, and protrusions formed at side edges of the bottom wall; a swing plate pivotally coupled to the side walls of the frame and positioned in contact with an upper surface of the bottom wall, the swing plate having a central threaded hole; and a bracket for rotatably supporting a wheel, having a throughhole aligned with the central threaded hole of the swing plate, and a top protrusion releasably fitted in the pair of fitting recesses of the frame, the bracket being rotatably coupled to the swing plate by a bolt threaded in the central threaded hole of the swing plate through the throughhole of the bracket with a coil spring disposed between the bolt and the bracket, whereby the bracket can be retracted into the frame through the opened front or rear wall after the top protrusion of the bracket is pulled out of the fitting recesses of the frame and then rotated by an angle of 90°

2. The structure as recited in claim 1, wherein the bracket has a pair of arms extending downward which rotatably support the wheel therebetween, and the throughhole of the bracket is formed with a concentric counterbored portion receiving the coil spring therein.

3. The structure as recited in claim 1, wherein the swing plate and the bracket are pivotably are turned upward or downward about a hinge pin.

4. The structure as recited in claim 1, wherein the protrusions of the frame consist of a rear protrusion and two front facing protrusions which are slightly extended inwardly to face each other.

5. A retractable wheel structure for a roller skate, the roller skate having a boot including a sole and at least two recesses in the sole for accommodating wheels, comprising: a frame fixedly secured to the sole of the boot within each recess; the frame having at least two side walls, a bottom wall, an open front wall, the bottom wall having a first recess from one side wall to the other side wall and second recess from the open front wall to the first recess, at least the second recess being filled by a swing plate pivotabley secured to the side walls and movable from a horizontal position in a plane with the bottom wall to a substantially vertical position in a plane perpendicular to the side walls, and a plane perpendicular to the bottom wall; and, a wheel bracket having a pair of arms for rotatably supporting a wheel, the bracket having a detent corresponding in shape and size to the first recess of the frame when in a first position, the bracket being rotatably secured to the swing plate by a spring biased post, and having a corresponding size to the second recess of the frame when in a second position; wherein the wheel bracket is pivotable from the first position in which the wheel is extended for use of the roller skate, to the second position in which the wheel is substantially rotated 90° from the first position and the wheel bracket and swing plate are movable from the horizontal position, and the wheel bracket and swing plate are movable from the horizontal position to the vertical position in which the wheel is retracted in the recess of the sole.

Description:

PRIORITY

[0001] This application claims priority to an application entitled “Structure for Supporting Wheel of Roller Skate” filed in the Korean Industrial Patent Office on Nov. 18, 2000 and assigned Ser. No. 2000-32287, the contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] 1. Field of the Invention

[0003] The present invention relates to an improvement of a structure for supporting a wheel of a roller skate, and, more particularly, to a structure for supporting a wheel of a roller skate which enables a wheel coupled to an outsole of a roller skate boot to be supported and retracted simply and reliably, thereby improving reliability of operation of a roller skate support structure.

[0004] 2. Description of the Prior Art

[0005] Referring to FIGS. 1 to 3, there is shown an embodiment of a roller skate wheel structure. As shown in the drawings, a frame 60 consisting of a pair of box containers 60a, 60b, having a predetermined width and connecting walls fixedly disposed between the two box containers, all of which are integrally formed, is attached to an outsole 20. Each of the box containers is provided at its side plates with curved and elongated slide holes 61 and locking holes 62 such that the slide holes 61 and the locking holes 62 formed at both side plates of each box container are aligned with each other. With the slide holes 61 and the locking holes 62, a bracket 30 adapted to rotatably support a wheel 50 can be received in the receiving room of the box container.

[0006] A rectangular base plate 70 is rotatably coupled to an upper surface of the bracket 30 by means of a coupling pin 40. The base plate 70 is provided at a side, i.e. at a front side or rear side, with a pair of swing pins 71 facing each other, and at the other side with a pair of locking protrusions 72 that are biased outwardly. Therefore, the swing pins 71 are fitted in the slide holes 61 so that they can be moved up and down within a predetermined range corresponding to the length of the slide holes 61. The biased locking protrusions 72 are releasably fitted in the locking holes 62 of the frame 60.

[0007] Such a conventional structure for supporting a wheel of a roller skate is designed to allow the base plate 70 to swing about the swing pins 71. To enjoy roller skating, the bracket 30 and the wheel 50 are first drawn from the receiving room of the box container. When the bracket 30 is completely taken out of the box container, a lower surface of the base plate 70 is registered with a virtual plane defined by bottom edges of the frame 60 so that the bracket 30 coupled to the lower surface of the base plate 70 can be rotated about the coupling pin 40. After the bracket 30 is rotated 90°, the locking protrusions 72 are slightly moved upward such that the locking protrusions 72 are fitted into the locking holes 62.

[0008] To retract the wheel 50 into the receiving room of the box container, both the locking protrusions 72 are first compressed inwardly and then slightly drawn downward. Subsequently, the bracket 30 is rotated 90° and again pushed upward. Consequently, the bracket 30 and the base plate 70 are turned about the slide pins 71 to be receiving into the receiving room, as seen in FIG. 3.

[0009] The bracket 30 is provided at its lower surface with a locking pin 33 which is biased outward by a spring, as seen in FIG. 2, and the box container of the frame 60 is formed with a second locking hole 63 corresponding to the locking pin 33. Therefore, when the bracket 30 and the wheel 50 are received in the receiving room, the second locking pin 33 is fitted into the corresponding locking hole 63 of the frame 60, thereby causing the bracket 30 to be stably maintained therein.

[0010] However, the above-mentioned conventional structure for supporting a wheel has disadvantages in that the supporting structure is somewhat coarse and complicated because the base plate 70 is supported by the locking protrusions 72 and the swing pins 71 and the bracket 30 is supported by the second locking pin 33; and the wheel 50 rattles because the swing pins 71 can be moved along the elongated slide holes 61, thereby causing unpleasant noise that may adversely affect the reliability of the product.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0011] Accordingly, the present invention has been made to overcome the above problems occurring in the prior art, and an object of the present invention is to provide a structure for supporting a wheel of a roller skate which enables a wheel coupled to an outsole of a roller skate boot to be supported and retracted simply and reliably.

[0012] In order to accomplish the above object, the present invention provides a structure for supporting a wheel of a roller skate which includes a box-shaped frame attached to an outsole of the roller skate boot, which has at its bottom wall fitting recesses and at its side wall a passage opening; a swing plate pivotally connected to the frame; and a bracket rotatably coupled to the swing plate, which can be elastically spaced from the swing plate by elastic means and has a fitting protrusion to be fitted in the recesses of the frame, whereby the bracket can be pulled out of the fitting recesses and rotated 90° followed by being pushed into the frame through the passage opening.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0013] The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

[0014] FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view showing a conventional structure for supporting wheels of a roller skate;

[0015] FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the wheels extended from an outsole of the roller skate of FIG. 1;

[0016] FIG. 3 is a perspective view showing the wheels retracted into the outsole of the roller skate of FIG. 1;

[0017] FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view showing a structure for supporting a wheel of a roller skate according to the present invention;

[0018] FIG. 5 is a perspective view showing wheels extended from an outsole of the roller skate according to the invention; and

[0019] FIG. 6 is a perspective view showing wheels retracted into the outsole of the roller skate according to the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0020] Reference now should be made to the drawings, in which the same reference numerals are used throughout the different drawings to designate the same or similar components.

[0021] FIGS. 4 to 6 show the structure for supporting the wheels of a roller skate according to the present invention. As shown in the drawings, an outsole 2 of a roller skate to which the structure according to the present invention is attached is formed with rectangular receiving rooms 2a at appropriate positions. Each of the receiving rooms 2a receives a base frame 1 therein. The base frame 1 is shaped into a box shape with an upper side and a front or a rear side opened, and is provided at its both upper ends with flanges la each having a screw hole of the flanges la. The frame 1 can be fixedly attached to the outsole 2 of the roller skate by tightening screws into the outsole 2 through the screw holes. The frame 1 is formed at its bottom surface with a rear protrusion 1b and two front facing protrusions 1b which are slightly extended inwardly to face each other. Furthermore, the bottom surface of the frame 1 is formed at its both sides with fitting recesses 1c. Therefore, the bottom surface of the frame 1 has a “T”-shaped cut portion. A pair of vertical walls are provided at its front or rear side with hinge pins 4a, respectively, and a swing plate 4 is pivotally coupled to the frame 1 via the hinge pin 4a. A bracket 5 is rotatably coupled to the swing plate 4.

[0022] The bracket 5 has a pair of arms extended downwardly, between which a wheel 6 is rotatably supported. The bracket 5 has at its top surface a crosswise protrusion 5a which is adapted to be releasably fitted in the fitting recesses 1c of the frame 1. The bracket 5 is formed at its top wall with a counterbored throughhole 5b. A bolt stud 8 is threaded into the counterbored throughhole 5b through a coil spring 7 interposed therebetween so that the coil spring 7 is disposed between a bolt head seat of the counterbored hole 5b and a head of the bolt stud 8.

[0023] The swing plate 4 is centrally formed with a threaded hole 4b such that a lower end of the bolt stud 8 can be releasably threaded into the threaded hole 4b.

[0024] Functions of the structure for supporting a wheel according to the invention will now be described hereinbelow.

[0025] The top protrusion 5a of the bracket 5 is fitted into the fitting recesses 1c formed at the lower end of the frame 1, and shoulders disposed at both sides of the top protrusion 5a are engaged between the rear protrusion 1b and the two front facing protrusions 1b at the bottom surface of the frame 1, thereby preventing the bracket 5 from being moved back and forth. In addition, since the bracket 5 is upwardly biased by the coil spring 7 interposed between the bracket 5 and the bolt stud 8, the bracket 5 can be more securely attached to the frame 1.

[0026] When the wheel 6 or the bracket 5 is pulled away form the frame 1 by a pulling force exceeding a certain value, the top protrusion Sa of the bracket 5 is taken out of the fitting recesses 1c of the frame 1 while compressing the coil spring 7, thereby allowing the bracket 5 to be rotated about the bolt stud 8. After the bracket 5 is rotated 90° while being disengaged from the fitting recesses 1c, the top protrusion 5a of the bracket 5 comes into contact with the swing plate 4 at its side. Thereafter, as the swing plate 4 is turned upward about the hinge pin 4a, the bracket 5 and the wheel 6 which are coupled to the swing plate 4 are received in the receiving room 2a of the outsole 2. When the bracket 5 is received in the room 2a, the bracket 5 is closely fitted between the facing protrusions 1b of the frame 1, thereby causing the wheel 6 to be maintained in the receiving room 2a, as seen in FIG. 6.

[0027] The coil spring 7 is designed to have an elasticity sufficient to cause the swing plate 4 and the bracket 5 to be strongly coupled to each other. The [two front facing] protrusions 1b formed at the bottom end of the frame 1 are extended inwardly such that the protrusions 1b have a predetermined spacing therebetween to allow the rotated bracket 5 to be passed therethrough.

[0028] As described above, the present invention provides a structure for supporting a wheel of a roller skate which enables a bracket and a wheel to be retracted into a receiving room of an outsole of the roller skate easily and reliably by a simple operation of pulling and turning the bracket or the wheel 90° and then pushing it into the receiving room of the outsole. By carrying out the operation in reverse, the wheel can be extended from the receiving room without difficulty. Furthermore, since the bracket is subjected to the elasticity of a coil spring, the top portion of the bracket can be coupled to a frame more stably and securely.

[0029] Although a preferred embodiment of the present invention has been described for illustrative purposes, those skilled in the art will appreciate that various modifications, additions and substitutions are possible, without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention as disclosed in the accompanying claims.