US 9,809,278 B2
Apparatus for reducing an engaging force of an engaging member
Tatsuya Kawakami, Sakai (JP)
Assigned to Shimano, Inc., Sakai, Osaka (JP)
Filed by Tatsuya Kawakami, Sakai (JP)
Filed on Sep. 28, 2004, as Appl. No. 10/711,611.
Prior Publication US 2006/0070484 A1, Apr. 6, 2006
Int. Cl. G05G 5/06 (2006.01); B62M 25/04 (2006.01); B62K 23/06 (2006.01)
CPC B62M 25/04 (2013.01) [B62K 23/06 (2013.01); Y10T 74/20636 (2015.01)] 33 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus for reducing an engaging force of an engaging member for a bicycle component comprising:
a mounting member;
a first engaging member;
a movable second engaging member that moves relative to the mounting member in a first direction and in a second direction opposite the first direction;
wherein the first engaging member engages the second engaging member; and
a biasing mechanism that applies a biasing force to the first engaging member at a first biasing location on the first engaging member so that the first engaging member engages the second engaging member;
wherein, while the first engaging member engages the second engaging member and the second engaging member moves, the biasing mechanism changes the location of the application of the biasing force from the first biasing location on the first engaging member to a different second biasing location on the first engaging member so that an engaging force applied between the first engaging member and the second engaging member when the biasing mechanism applies the biasing force to the second biasing location is less than the engaging force applied between the first engaging member and the second engaging member when the biasing mechanism applies the biasing force to the first biasing location; and
wherein the biasing force is always applied to the first engaging member as the second engaging member moves through the entire range of operating movement of the second engaging member in the first and second directions.