GB2303344A - Vehicle roof rack - Google Patents

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GB2303344A
GB2303344A GB9514862A GB9514862A GB2303344A GB 2303344 A GB2303344 A GB 2303344A GB 9514862 A GB9514862 A GB 9514862A GB 9514862 A GB9514862 A GB 9514862A GB 2303344 A GB2303344 A GB 2303344A
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R9/00Supplementary fittings on vehicle exterior for carrying loads, e.g. luggage, sports gear or the like
    • B60R9/08Supplementary fittings on vehicle exterior for carrying loads, e.g. luggage, sports gear or the like specially adapted for sports gear
    • B60R9/10Supplementary fittings on vehicle exterior for carrying loads, e.g. luggage, sports gear or the like specially adapted for sports gear for cycles
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R9/00Supplementary fittings on vehicle exterior for carrying loads, e.g. luggage, sports gear or the like
    • B60R9/04Carriers associated with vehicle roof
    • B60R9/045Carriers being adjustable or transformable, e.g. expansible, collapsible

Description

ARTICLE SUPPORTS This invention relates to racks for mounting articles on vehicle roof bars, for example for mounting cycles.

In these leisured times it is becoming more and more common for people to carry large items of sports equipment, such as bicycles, surf boards, sail boards, canoes and skis, on the roofs of vehicles to take them to and from the place where the activity occurs. A vast range of devices have been developed for mounting the various items on roof bars, which are attached transversely across the vehicle at intervals spaced in the direction of travel of the vehicle.

Typically there are two such bars. Current devices have a considerable number of disadvantages. First they tend to be specific to the use, so that a person who windsurfs, cycles and skis has to buy a whole collection of devices. Secondly they for the most part have mountings which are specific to a particular shape of roof bar and cannot be used with any other. Thirdly they are usually constructed so that they can only fit a particular roof bar spacing and often they can only take one length of article at a time, i.e. if the rack is set up for one size of bicycle it cannot carry other sizes at the same time.

The present invention sets out to mitigate at least some or all of these problems depending on the particular combination of features incorporated in any particular embodiment.

Thus from one aspect the present invention consists in a rack for mounting an article on vehicle roof bars including, a frame for supporting the article and a pair of mounting means for attaching the frame to respective roof bars, characterised in that each mounting means includes location means for locating against a roof bar and a flexible member extending from the frame or location means to wrap around the roof bar and locking means for locking the free end of the flexible member to the location means or frame.

In a preferred embodiment the location means may be in the form of an L-sectioned body for extending above and to one side of the roof bar such that the flexible member wraps around the other side of the roof bar. The locking means may include tensioning means for pulling the flexible member tight against the roof bar. For example the flexible member may have a screw thread at its free end for passing through the location means or an extension thereof and the tension means may comprise a nut or the like mountable on the screw thread to act against the location means or extension. In a particularly preferred embodiment the extension may comprise a body having a formation engageable with a cooperating formation on the location means prior to tensioning of the flexible member.For example the extension means may be a block having a projection which is received in a channel formed on the extension member. In any of these cases the flexible member may be a steel cable and conveniently the cable may be covered with a protective plastic sleeve. Usually each mounting means will have two flexible members.

The frame may include a base having two telescopically engaged elements and the mounting means may be on respective elements of the base.

The rack may further comprise a seat for receiving an article support or retainer on each element and, for example, the seat may be constituted by an open-mouthed channel having inturned lips. Conveniently the seats may be formed on the mounting means. The arrangements enable the rack to be sold with a variety of interchangeable article supports so that the same base and mounting means can be used for a variety of articles. In a preferred embodiment one support is longitudinally adjustable with respect to the base. This, for example, enables it to accommodate a variety of cycle lengths for a fixed roof bar spacing.

From another aspect the invention consists in a rack for mounting an article on vehicle roof bars including a telescopic frame for supporting the article and mounting means for attaching the frame to respective roof bars.

From a still further aspect the invention consists in a rack for mounting an article on vehicle roof bars including a frame, mounting means for attaching the frame to respective roof bars and seats for interchangeably receiving article supports or retaining devices Although the invention has been defined above it will be understood it includes any inventive combination of the features set out above or in the following description.

The invention may be performed in various ways and a specific embodiment will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Figure 1 is a side view of a rack mounted on a pair of roof bars, which simply for the purposes of illustration have different cross-sections; Figure 2 is a view from below of the rack of Figure 1; Figure 3 is a perspective view of the mounting means of the rack of Figure 1; Figure 4 is an end view of the mounting means; Figure 5 is a longitudinal section through the mounting means illustrating the released and locked positions of the flexible member; Figure 6 illustrates a cycle front wheel support being mounted on the seat of the rack, Figure 7 illustrates part of a rear wheel support being mounted on the seat of a rack;; Figure 8 is a cross-section through a seat of the rack with an article supported mounted therein; Figures 9 and 10 are a side view of one end of the rack illustrating alternative positions of a rear wheel support; Figures 11 and 12 are a view from above and one side of a front wheel support; and Figure 13 illustrates a cycle mounted on a rack.

A rack for supporting an article on roof bars is generally indicated at 10. It comprises a frame 11 which includes a base 12 having telescopically engaged elements 13 each of which carries mounting means 14. The mounting means 14 each have an L-sectioned location member 15 which engages one side and the top of a roof bar 16 to locate its respective element 13 relative to the roof bar 16. The telescopic arrangement of the elements 13 allows any usual roof bar spacing to be accommodated.

The mounting means further include a pair of flexible cables 17 which are preferably encased in protective plastic sleeves 18. The flexible members are fixed at one end to the upper portion 15a of the L-sectioned member and, in their unlocked state, freely depending therefrom. The free ends of the cables 17 are threaded at 19. An extension 20 and a nut 21 are threaded on to the free end 19. Each extension 20 is formed with an inturned lip 22 for hooking into a channel 23, which extends transversely across the vertical part 15b of the L-sectioned member 15. The extension 20 can thus be slid in sideways into the channel 23 to take up the position illustrated in Figure 1. In this position the cable 17 extends around the roof bar 16 to enclose it together with the L-sectioned member 15. The nut 21 is then tightened against the extension 20 to tension the cable 17. It will thus be seen that the frame 11 can be securely locked to almost any cross-section of roof bar from circular to rectangular.

The upper section 15a of the L-sectioned member 16 is also formed to define a seat 24, which is constituted by an open-mouthed channel 25 having inturned lips 26. Each seat 24 can slidingly receive whatever attachment or support is appropriate for a particular article. This arrangement is well illustrated in Figures 6 and 7. In Figure 6 a front fork support 27 is shown sliding into the seat 24, whereas in Figure 7 a part 28 of a back wheel support is shown sliding into its respective seat 24. Figure 8 illustrates how such an article support can be secured within the seat by a bolt 29 and nut 30, but clearly a variety of fixings could be used.

Figures 9 and 10 illustrate an article support 31 for the rear wheel of a bicycle. This support consists of the part 28, mounted in its seat, and an extension arm 32 which carries a wheel cup and strap 33, 34 and a retaining loop 35. As can be seen in these figures the extension arm 32 passes through the arch 36 defined by the part 28 and is held thereby. The extension can be threaded through the arch 36 in either direction to produce the support arrangement illustrated in Figures 9 and 10. In the Figure 9 arrangement the retaining loop 35 extends around an element 13 to resist any cantilever action caused by the cycle 37.

Figures 11 and 12 illustrate how a front fork 38 can be secured to the support 27 by means of a two-ended bolt 39 and wing nuts 39a.

Figure 13 illustrates the complete assembly of bicycle and rack.

Claims (4)

1. The "Cycle Rack's" telescopic design caters for different roofbar widths.
2. The "Cycle Rack's" flexible protected steel cable fasteners cater for various shapes of roofhar.
3. The "Cycle Rack's" flexihle protected steel cable fasteners as claimed in CLAIM 2 also possess a quick fit and release mechanism.
4. The "Cycle Rack's" adiustable arm can be lengthened.
shortened or reversed catering for different sizes of bi@vele.
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