ApplicationNo. 342489 filed on 04/24/1989
US Classes:16/421, Handle having mounted grip means (e.g., bicycle handlebar grips, etc.)16/430, Handle with ergonomic structure (e.g., finger engagement structure such as indents, grooves, etc.) and handle user-interaction (human engineering) enhancements such as improved handle dimensions and handle positioning74/551.9, Handholds and grips81/489, HANDLE FOR TOOL473/203, Integral handle having finger conforming configurations473/551Having hand or finger conforming contour, through-hole for finger, portion overlying back of hand, projecting hand stop or positioner spaced from butt, wrist strap, or nonstandard transverse cross-section
ExaminersPrimary: Seidel, Richard K.
Assistant: Brown, David H.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassB62K 023/00
AbstractA cushioned grip having a unitary tubular-shaped body portion with an asymmetrical off-center cross-sectional shape. The asymmetrical off-center shape provides increased cushioning on portions thereof while retaining a moderate sized circumference. The asymmetrical cross-sectional shape provides a first portion having a first thickness of cushioning material, a second portion having a second lower thickness of cushioning material and a third portion of further reduced thickness of cushioning material. The third portion of cushioning is provided with a flat surface to provide a positive and solid feel to the fingers while grabbing the grip. The center's curvature defined by the outside of the cross-sectional shape of the grip is displaced from the center of the inside portion which is generally circular and adapted to receive a hard round member such as a bicycle handlebar to be cushioned. The cushioning thickness may vary from a relatively small value at one end of the grip to a maximum in a central region and reducing again to a smaller thickness at the other end to provide a varying circumference for different size hands.