The invention is a lightweight - dual use - portable rack that folds out and locks in place to keep kick-scooters and bikes, or just bikes neatly organized. Vertical slots hold 2 scooters and 2 bikes, or 4 bikes. Scooters and bikes are stored in a ride ready position. The design can be configured in many different ways to support different applications for both commercial and residential use. The current configuration holds all types of push scooters with inline wheels such as: Razor®, Hot Wheels® Scooter, Huffy® Micro, Viza Kikit push scooter, Viza Kikit Air push scooter, and JD Bug Scooters and bicycles. Product has been produced and sold on Amazon.
Primary Application of the Technology
Millions of kids ride kick-scooters and most of them also own bicycles. Their parents represent the primary target market for this product. Even if parents have already invested in a bike rack this product will appeal to them as it is the only bike rack that incorporates a storage solution for kick-scooters. Commercial market opportunities also exist for this invention as well. Basically, anywhere that kick-scooters are ridden including public transportation, college campuses and warehouses etc.
The Problem Solved by the Technology
Kick-scooters represent an annoying issue for parents as their children typically leave them lying on the garage floor along with their bicycles. Lack of proper storage causes hazardous situations as it is easy to trip over kick-scooters and/or bicycles, or drive over them with a car. Scooters are designed to fold, but over time the folding mechanisms become more difficult to operate due to debris, or damage from use. The invention solves these storage issues with one product. Bike and especially, Kick-scooters, are stored in a ride ready position - no folding necessary. It's so easy for kids to use, they actually use it!
How the Technology Solves the Problem
Bicycle stands historically are designed with two parallel support members to fit the width of a bicycle wheel in such a way as to support the bike. This device is the first bike stand to incorporate two different sets of support members with two different widths: A top section wide enough to support the width of a bicycle wheel and steering shaft of a scooter, a bottom section wide enough to support the width of a Kick-scooter foot pad, and a base member the pitches the scooter forward to keep it in the stand while also providing a wheel stop for the bicycle when stored in the stand.
This invention represents the first and only bike rack adapted to also store kick-scooters such as those manufactured by Razor and ridden by millions of kids. Storage racks for kick-scooters exist, but they require some installation and/or only hold one scooter at a time, and do not store bicycles. Also, most kids that ride scooters have bicycles. This invention enables a parent to purchase one product to solve two storage needs (bikes and scooters) and at a competitive price.
About 200 units are available for samples and, or sales. Each rack is made of sturdy medium gauge steel and powder coated black. Each rack measures roughly 30 in X 29 in X 3 in folded. Two knobs are located at opposing ends of the top member of each rack. They allow the top member to be locked in place after the rack is spread open on the floor in a triangular position. The racks fold so as to make shipping, stocking and storage simple and cost efficient.
U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:
Class 211: Supports: Racks
Built-up open framework structures designed to support articles. Racks in the nature of upright stands or standards carrying article supports are also included, and also self-supporting articles supports, frequently built up of sheet material. The term "racks" includes frame structures and supports having flexible supporting elements, such as strands or straps, as the article-supporting elements.