US Pat. No. 9,555,855

BICYCLE SPROCKET

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:
a sprocket body having a rotational axis; and
a plurality of sprocket teeth extending radially outwardly from an outer periphery of the sprocket body,
the sprocket body including a first layered member, a second layered member and a third layered member,
the first layered member having a first axial surface and a second axial surface opposite to the first axial surface,
the second layered member being attached to the first axial surface of the first layered member at an interior axial surface
of the second layered member such that the first and second layered members overlap each other in an axial direction as viewed
parallel to the rotational axis, the second layered member having an exterior axial surface,

the third layered member being attached to the second axial surface of the first layered member at an interior axial surface
of the third layered member such that the first and third layered members overlap each other in the axial direction as viewed
parallel to the rotational axis, the third layered member having an exterior axial surface,

at least one of the second and third layered members having at least one concavo-convex portion positioned radially inward
from each of the sprocket teeth, the at least one concavo-convex portion defining a recess on one of the interior axial surfaces
of the second and third layered members and defining a projection on the exterior axial surface of the one of the second and
third layered members.

US Pat. No. 9,322,725

PEDALING FORCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A pedaling force measurement device for measuring a plurality of parameters of pedaling force acting on a crank arm, the
pedaling force measurement device comprising:
a strain-flexing part configured to receive a strain acting on the crank arm from pedaling, the strain-flexing part being
disposed entirely on the crank arm;

a parameter detection part disposed on the strain-flexing part to detect the parameters from the strain acting on the strain-flexing
part; and

an interference suppression part configured to suppress interference from one parameter detected by the parameter detection
part from other ones of the parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,284,018

BICYCLE TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle transmission control apparatus comprising:
an inclination sensor; and
a controller configured to output a shift signal to shift a bicycle transmission to a prescribed shift position based on an
inclination detected by the inclination sensor while a bicycle equipped with the bicycle transmission is determined to be
in a state corresponding to at least one of a condition in which the bicycle is stopping to a rest state and a condition in
which the bicycle is beginning to move from the rest state, the rest state being a state during which the bicycle does not
move.

US Pat. No. 9,491,788

BICYCLE WIRELESS SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle wireless system comprising:
a first bicycle component having a first base member configured to be mounted to a bicycle and including a first wireless
communication unit;

a second bicycle component having a second base member configured to be mounted to the bicycle and including a second wireless
communication unit; and

a terminal device including an identification acquiring section configured to acquire identification information from one
of the first and second bicycle components, and a pairing section configured to pair the first and second bicycle components
for wireless communications.

US Pat. No. 9,447,869

ELECTRIC BICYCLE COMPONENT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. An electric bicycle component comprising:
a controller programmed to control a transmission device of a bicycle; and
an acceleration detection unit programmed to detect a moving average value of a change in speed over a period of time at a
plurality of points as an acceleration of the bicycle;

the controller being programmed to select one of a plurality of shifting conditions based on at least the acceleration that
has been detected by the acceleration detection unit, the controller being programmed to output a command to control the transmission
device based on the shifting condition that has been selected.

US Pat. No. 9,290,235

BICYCLE DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be mounted to a bicycle;
a movable member movably coupled to the base member;
a chain guide pivotally coupled to the movable member to rotate around a rotational axis with respect to the movable member,
the chain guide including a guide pulley rotatably arranged on the rotational axis;

a biasing element biasing the chain guide in a first rotational direction around the rotational axis, the biasing element
being at least partially disposed inside of the guide pulley;

an inner member that is fixed to the chain guide and configured to rotatably support the guide pulley and at least partially
house the biasing element, the inner member including an inner tubular portion, an outer tubular portion disposed radially
spaced apart from the inner tubular portion, and an end wall that connects the inner tubular portion to the outer tubular
portion;

a rotational resistance structure operatively arranged between the movable member and the chain guide to frictionally provide
rotational resistance to the chain guide around the rotational axis in a second rotational direction which is opposite to
the first rotational direction, the rotational resistance structure applying the rotational resistance at an area disposed
radially outward of the biasing element with respect to the rotational axis; and

a one-way clutch operatively arranged between the rotational resistance structure and the chain guide,
the one-way clutch allows the chain guide to pivot around the rotational axis in the first rotational direction, and the one-way
clutch locks up when the chain guide pivots in the second rotational direction with respect to the movable member.

US Pat. No. 9,302,735

BICYCLE POWER SOURCE HOLDER

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle power source holder comprising:
a holder main body part configured to retain a power source; and
a frame attaching part configured to movably mount the holder main body part to a bicycle frame so that the holder main body
part is movably mounted in only a linear lateral direction of a bicycle.

US Pat. No. 9,267,560

BICYCLE DISC BRAKE ROTOR ASSEMBLY AND BICYCLE DISC BRAKE ROTOR

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle disc brake rotor assembly comprising:
a hub axle extending in an axial direction;
a hub shell rotatably mounted to the hub axle about a rotational axis defined along the axial direction;
a disc brake rotor configured to be adjustably attached to the hub shell in the axial direction, the disc brake rotor being
rotatable relative to the hub axle along with the hub shell about the rotational axis; and

a positioning mechanism configured to position the disc brake rotor in the axial direction at an adjusted position, the positioning
mechanism including an adjusting member configured to change the adjusted position of the disc brake rotor relative to the
hub shell in the axial direction, the positioning mechanism including a biasing member configured to bias the disc brake rotor
toward the hub shell in the axial direction, the biasing member having an annular shape, the rotational axis extending through
the annular shape of the biasing member when viewed from the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,284,169

SAILBOAT WINCH

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A sailboat winch comprising:
a support configured to be mounted to a sailboat;
a winch drum rotatable with respect to the support;
a drive shaft rotatable with respect to the support and the winch drum; and
a transmission mechanism operatively disposed between the drive shaft and the winch drum to transmit rotation from the drive
shaft to the winch drum in a single output rotational direction, the transmission mechanism being configured to increase an
output rotational speed of the winch drum with respect to an input rotational speed of the drive shaft as the drive shaft
rotates in a first rotational direction, the transmission mechanism being further configured to decrease the output rotational
speed of the winch drum with respect to the input rotational speed of the drive shaft as the drive shaft rotates in a second
rotational direction, which is opposite the first rotational direction, and

the transmission mechanism including
a first gear set with a first planetary gear and a first one-way clutch,
a second gear set with a second planetary gear and a second one-way clutch, and
an output gear set operatively coupled to the first and second planetary gears via the first and second one-way clutches,
respectively,

the output gear set including a ring fixedly coupled to the winch drum, the ring gear transmitting rotation from the drive
shaft to the winch drum as the drive shaft rotates in the first direction and as the drive shaft rotates in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,227,697

BICYCLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle electrical system diagnostic device for a bicycle electrical system in which a plurality of electric devices
are connected, the bicycle electrical system diagnostic device comprising:
a connecting section configured to be connected to and disconnected from the electrical system;
a user input device configured to receive user inputs; and
a computer including
a recognizing section programmed to communicate with the electrical system by the connecting section and recognize any of
the plurality of electric devices connected to the electrical system diagnostic device by receiving identification information
from any of the plurality of electric devices,

a problem diagnosing section programmed to determine if any of the plurality of electric devices connected to the connecting
section has failed, and

an indicating section programmed to display any of the plurality of electric devices in a visual depiction of a bicycle on
a screen with any of the plurality of electric devices that arc recognized by the recognizing section displayed in a different
format than any of the plurality of electric devices that are not recognized by the electric device recognizing section.

US Pat. No. 9,055,779

BICYCLE SHOE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle shoe comprising:
a sole;
a shoe upper portion coupled to the sole to form a foot receiving space, the shoe upper portion including first and second
attachment sections; and

a fixing strap having a proximal end attached to a part of the shoe upper portion, the fixing strap including third and fourth
attachment sections, the shoe upper portion and the fixing strap selectively maintaining one of a first state in which the
third attachment section of the fixing strap is releasably attached to the first attachment section of the shoe upper portion
and a second state in which the fourth attachment section of the fixing strap is releasably attached to the second attachment
section of the shoe upper portion, the foot receiving space being larger in the second state than in the first state.

US Pat. No. 9,282,731

DUAL-BEARING REEL SPOOL BRAKING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A dual-bearing reel spool braking device configured to apply braking force to a spool that is rotatably mounted on a reel
body by centrifugal force, the dual-bearing reel spool braking device comprising:
a rotating member configured to rotate in conjunction with the rotation of the spool;
a brake shoe supported by the rotating member so as to be pivotal between a braking position to brake the spool with centrifugal
force and a non-braking position to enable non-braking rotation of the spool;

a brake drum configured to be selectively contacted with the brake shoe; and
a selective fixing member mounted to the rotating member, and being configured to selectively fix the brake shoe to the non-braking
position by selectively engaging with the brake shoe.

US Pat. No. 9,227,465

BICYCLE WHEEL SECURING STRUCTURE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle wheel securing structure comprising:
a wheel securing axle having a first end and a second end;
a wheel securing bolt having a bolt shaft and a bolt head, the bolt shaft being coupled to one of the first and second ends
of the wheel securing axle, the wheel securing bolt having a frame engageable surface extending in a peripheral direction
of the bolt head and being configured to be non-rotatably engaged with a bicycle frame; and

a rear derailleur hanger having an opening configured to receive the wheel securing axle and an externally threaded portion
that engages the bicycle frame.

US Pat. No. 9,199,509

BICYCLE HUB

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hub comprising:
a hub axle defining a rotational axis;
a hub shell rotatably mounted on the hub axle to rotate around the rotational axis;
a sprocket support body rotatably mounted on the hub axle to rotate around the rotational axis, the sprocket support body
having an outer peripheral surface with a first helical spline;

a first ratchet member having at least one first ratchet tooth and a second helical spline mating with the first helical spline;
and

a second ratchet member having at least one second ratchet tooth mating with the at least one first ratchet tooth and a hub
shell engagement portion that engages the hub shell,

the outer peripheral surface of the sprocket support body having a guiding portion configured to guide the first ratchet member
toward the hub shell while coasting, the guiding portion arranged to define an obtuse angle with the first helical spline.

US Pat. No. 9,151,379

BICYCLE GEAR CHANGING APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle gear changing apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to be operatively coupled to a first input to receive a first shift signal, and operatively coupled
to a second input to receive a second shift signal, the controller being further configured to

control at least one of a first gear changing device and a second gear changing device in accordance with at least one synchro-shift
route in response to receiving the first shift signal, and to

selectively control one of the first and second gear changing devices in response to receiving the second shift signal.

US Pat. No. 9,469,377

BICYCLE GEAR CHANGING APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle gear changing apparatus comprising:
a controller including memory with a plurality of pre-stored shift tables, at least one of the pre-stored shift tables comprises
a first prescribed synchro-shift route and a second prescribed synchro-shift route that is different from the first prescribed
synchro-shift route, each of the first and second prescribed synchro-shift routes having at least one synchro-shift point;

the controller being configured to control a shifting operation of at least one of a first gear changing device and a second
gear changing device based on a selected one of the pre-stored shift tables.

US Pat. No. 9,463,842

BICYCLE WHEEL SECURING STRUCTURE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle wheel securing structure comprising:
a shaft member having a first end portion, a second end portion that is different from the first end portion and an engaging
part that is formed in the second end portion and that is configured to engage with a frame of a bicycle;

a head member movably disposed on the first end portion, the head member having a circular outer peripheral surface with a
first threaded portion formed on the outer peripheral surface; and

a lever member movably provided on the head member around a pivot axis that intersects with an axial direction of the shaft
member to move the shaft member in the axial direction with respect to the head member;

an adjustment member movably provided on the head member in the axial direction and that can adjust a final fixing position
of the lever member, the adjustment member having a second threaded portion that screws onto the first threaded portion and
a contacting portion arranged to contact with the frame while the bicycle wheel securing structure is secured to the frame;
and

a positioning mechanism provided between the head member and the adjustment member to selectively maintain a position of the
adjustment member in a plurality of axially spaced apart locations.

US Pat. No. 9,440,706

BICYCLE SPROCKET

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:
a sprocket body having a rotational axis; and
a plurality of sprocket teeth extending radially outwardly from an outer periphery of the sprocket body,
at least one of the sprocket teeth including a first layered member, a second layered member and a third layered member, the
first, second and third layered members each being constructed of a metallic material,

the first layered member having a first axial surface and a second axial surface opposite to the first axial surface,
the second layered member being attached to the first axial surface of the first layered member such that the first and second
layered members overlap each other in an axial direction as viewed parallel to the rotational axis,

the third layered member being attached to the second axial surface of the first layered member such that the first and third
layered members overlap each other in the axial direction as viewed parallel to the rotational axis,

the first layered member having a specific gravity that is less than those of the second layered member and the third layered
member.

US Pat. No. 9,302,736

BICYCLE SPROCKET

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:
a sprocket member comprising:
a first annular portion having a rotational center axis;
sprocket teeth protruding radially outwardly from the first annular portion and arranged in a circumferential direction of
the first annular portion; and

a first engaging portion provided on an inner peripheral part of the first annular portion; and
an attachment member configured to be bonded to the sprocket member and comprising:
a second annular portion provided radially inwardly of the first annular portion; and
a second engaging portion provided on an outer peripheral part of the second annular portion and configured to engage with
the first engaging portion, one of the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion including a protrusion, the
other of the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion including

a groove extending in the circumferential direction, the protrusion being configured to be fitted in the groove,
a first wall part configured to protrude radially from one of the inner peripheral part of the first annular portion and the
outer peripheral part of the second annular portion, and

a second wall part configured to protrude radially from the one of the inner peripheral part of the first annular portion
and the outer peripheral part of the second annular portion and configured to be spaced apart from the first wall part in
an axial direction parallel to the rotational center axis of the first annular portion, the groove being at least partially
defined between the first wall part and the second wall part in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,210,921

LINE CLIP AND A SPOOL OF A SPINNING REEL TO WHICH THE LINE CLIP IS MOUNTED

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

9. A spool of a spinning reel, comprising:
a spool body having an outer peripheral surface and a rear end part, the outer peripheral surface configured to have a fishing
line wound thereon;

a skirt section disposed on the rear end part of the spool body, the skirt section having a diameter that is larger than a
diameter of the spool body;
a line clip comprising
a mounting member configured to be mounted to the spool, and
a clip member disposed on the mounting member, and being configured to hold a fishing line between the clip member and a surface
of the spool,

the clip member comprising
a mounting end portion having the mounting member attached thereto, the mounting end portion having a predefined width in
a circumferential direction of the spool,

an introduction end portion configured to have a fishing line introduced thereto, and
a movement restriction portion disposed between the mounting end portion and the introduction end portion, having a width
that is different from the predefined width, and being configured to restrict the fishing line from moving to an introduction
section side, the line clip being disposed on the skirt section; and

a sheet member disposed between the skirt section and the line clip.

US Pat. No. 9,091,350

SPINNING REEL WATERPROOFING MEMBER AND SPINNING REEL USING THE SAME

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A spinning reel waterproofing member for waterproofing a space between a tubular portion and a rotating member of a spinning
reel, the tubular portion disposed on a front end of a reel main body of the spinning reel, the rotating member disposed on
an inner peripheral portion of the tubular portion and a front portion of the tubular portion, the spinning reel waterproofing
member comprising:
a main body portion being fixed to the inner peripheral portion of the tubular portion and including a distal end portion,
the distal end portion extending to an inner peripheral side;

a first lip portion extending in a radial direction so that the distal end portion of the main body portion is in contact
with an outer peripheral portion of the rotating member; and

a second lip portion extending in an axial direction from a front surface of the first lip portion toward a rear surface of
the rotating member.

US Pat. No. 9,487,263

BICYCLE BRAKE PAD

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle brake pad comprising:
a cooling plate having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface and a peripheral edge that extends around
an outer periphety of the cooling plate between the first surface and the second surface, the peripheral edge including a
first edge section and a second edge section that is opposite to the first edge section, the cooling plate including

a pad supporting section adjacent to the first edge section, and
a heat dissipation section adjacent to the second edge section such that the heat dissipation section extends away from the
pad supporting section, the heat dissipation section having at least one shoulder to define a maximum width of the heat dissipation
section that is larger than a maximum width of the pad supporting section, the heat dissipation section further haying heat
dissipating fins at least disposed on the second surface of the cooling plate;

a friction pad connected to the pad supporting section of the cooling plate, the friction pad being disposed on the first
surface such that the friction pad and the heat dissipating fins extend in opposite directions on the cooling plate; and

an attachment plate connected to the pad supporting section of the cooling plate, one of the attachment plate and the cooling
plate including a recess with the other of the attachment plate and the cooling plate being at least partially disposed in
the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,321,501

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control device comprising:
a bracket configured to be coupled to a handlebar; and
an operating unit configured to be pivotally mounted to the bracket around a first axis, the operating unit including:
a shift unit configured to operate a wire;
a first operating lever configured to operate the shift unit, the first operating lever being elongated in a direction away
from the first axis; and

a pivot axle structure configured to pivotally mount the operating unit to the bracket around the first axis, the pivot axle
structure defining a wire receiving passageway for the wire, an entirety of the wire receiving passageway in the pivot axle
structure being substantially parallel to the first axis.

US Pat. No. 9,321,505

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC COMPONENT OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic component operating device comprising:
a main body including a handlebar mounting portion and a gripping portion;
an elastomeric grip cover disposed over at least the gripping portion;
a hydraulic cylinder housing disposed within the gripping portion of the main body;
a piston movably disposed within the hydraulic cylinder housing;
an operating lever pivotally disposed around a pivot axis relative to the main body to move the piston within the hydraulic
cylinder housing in response to pivotal movement of the operating lever relative to the main body, the pivot axis extending
in a lateral direction with respect to the gripping portion; and

a fluid reservoir tank in fluid communication with the hydraulic cylinder housing by at least one reservoir port extending
along the lateral direction, the fluid reservoir tank being at least partially disposed on the main body at one of lateral
sides of the hydraulic cylinder housing with respect to the lateral direction of the gripping portion while the bicycle hydraulic
component operating device is in an installed position.

US Pat. No. 9,326,412

BICYCLE ELECTRIC CONTROL DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. An electric control device for a bicycle, the electric control device comprising:
a base member that includes a clamp member that is adapted to be attached to a bicycle handlebar,
a first electric user interface member operatively coupled to the base member, wherein the first electric user interface member
includes a first switch unit, and

a second electric user interface member operatively coupled to the base member, wherein the second electric user interface
member includes a second switch unit,

wherein the first electric user interface member and the second electric user interface member are adjustable relative to
one another, wherein the base member includes a bracket member on which the first and second electric user interface members
are mounted, wherein one of the first electric user interface member and the bracket member includes a first spherical recess
and the other of the first electric user interface member and the bracket member includes a first spherical protrusion that
is received in the first spherical recess, and wherein the interaction of the first spherical recess and the first spherical
protrusion provides for adjustability of the position of the first electric user interface member.

US Pat. No. 9,302,737

BICYCLE GEAR CHANGING APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle gear changing apparatus comprising:
a controller including memory with a first prescribed shift route for upshifting and a second prescribed shift route for downshifting,
the first prescribed shift route defining an order of actuation of at least one of a first gear changing device and a second
gear changing device that is different from an order of actuation of at least one of the first gear changing device and the
second gear changing device that is defined by the second prescribed shift route;

the controller being configured to control a shifting operation of at least one of the first gear changing device and the
second gear changing device in response to a shift signal and in accordance with one of the first and second prescribed shift
routes,

the prescribed synchro-upshifting route including at least one user settable synchro-upshift point, and the prescribed synchro-downshifting
route including at least one user settable synchro-downshift point,

the controller being configured to operate only one of the first gear changing device and the second gear changing device
at the at least one user settable synchro-downshift point.

US Pat. No. 9,228,613

BICYCLE BOTTOM BRACKET ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle bottom bracket assembly comprising:
a first adapter having a cylindrical shape and extending along a first center axis of the first adapter;
a first bearing comprising:
first rolling elements; and
a first outer race configured to contact the first rolling elements and configured to be fitted in the first adapter, the
first outer race being slidable relative to the first adapter in both axial directions along the first center axis in a state
where the first outer race is fitted in the first adapter;

a second adapter having a cylindrical shape and extending along a second center axis of the second adapter; and
a second bearing comprising:
second rolling elements; and
a second outer race configured to contact the second rolling elements and configured to be provided in the second adapter
such that the second outer race is a separate member from the first outer race.

US Pat. No. 9,215,865

DUAL-BEARING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A dual-bearing reel, comprising:
a reel unit including a frame body and a cover portion, the frame body including an opening portion, the cover portion being
configured to be disposed in the opening portion;

a spool being rotatably mounted on the frame body;
a handle configured to rotate the spool; and
a cover open mechanism configured to open the cover portion, and including a portion of the frame body, the cover portion,
a spool support portion and a cover opening and closing portion, the spool support portion being mounted to an interior of
the frame body and configured to support the spool in a rotatable state, the cover opening and closing portion being disposed
between the spool and the cover portion in the interior of the frame body,

the cover opening and closing portion including a cover opening and closing structure and an urging member,
the cover opening and closing structure being engaged with the spool support portion and the cover portion and being configured
to set an opened/closed state of the cover portion,

the urging member being disposed between the cover portion and the cover opening and closing structure, and being configured
to urge the cover portion in an openable state, and

the cover portion being prevented from rotating when one of the cover portion and the spool support portion is engaged with
the other of the cover portion and the spool support portion.

US Pat. No. 9,132,887

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:
a housing;
a control member rotatably disposed on the housing about a rotational axis to control a control cable;
a first user operating member having an operating part for rotating the control member in a first rotational direction;
a second user operating member having a pawl for rotating the control member in a second rotational direction, which is opposite
to the first rotational direction;

a pivoting member movably disposed on the housing for pivotal displacement between a first position and a second position
about a pivot axis by the first user operating member, the pivoting member being a separate member from the first user operating
member such that the pivoting member moves relative to the first user operating member as the pivoting member moves between
the first and second positions; and

a transmission operatively disposed between the pivoting member and the control member and including a ratchet, a positioning
tooth and a maintaining tooth, at least one of the positioning tooth and the maintaining tooth being a separate member from
the pivoting member,

the ratchet including a single disk element having a plurality of first teeth engaged by the positioning tooth while the pivoting
member is disposed at the first position, a plurality of second teeth engaged by the maintaining tooth while the pivoting
member is disposed at the second position, and a plurality of third teeth engaged by the pawl of the second user operating
member in response to the second user operating member being operated,

at least one of the first, second and third teeth being arranged on a periphery of the disk element and at least one of the
first, second and third teeth being arranged radially inside of the at least one of the first, second and third teeth that
are arranged on the periphery of the disk element with respect to the rotational axis of the control member.

US Pat. No. 9,101,121

SPOOL BRAKE DEVICE FOR DUAL-BEARING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A spool brake device for a dual-bearing reel, the spool brake device configured to brake a spool capable of winding thereabout
a fishing line having a terminal tackle attached to a tip thereof, the spool brake device comprising:
a spool braking part configured to electrically brake the spool;
a spool controlling part configured to electrically control the spool braking part;
a water landing determining part configured to determine whether or not the terminal tackle is in a water landing state indicating
that the terminal tackle is in water;

a rotational speed detecting part configured to detect a rotational speed of the spool; and
a water landing informing part configured to inform of the water landing state of the terminal tackle when the water landing
determining part determines that the terminal tackle is in the water landing state, and including a non-accelerated state
determining section configured to determine whether or not the spool is in a non-accelerated state, based on the detection
result of the rotational speed detecting part, the non-accelerated state indicating that the spool is not being accelerated,
and a non-accelerated time determining section configured to determine whether or not the non-acceleration state has been
maintained for a predetermined period of time or greater when the non-accelerated state determining section determines that
the spool is in the non-accelerated state, and the water landing determining part being configured to determine that the terminal
tackle is in the water landing state when the non-accelerated time determining section determines that the non-accelerated
state has been maintained for the predetermined period of time or greater.

US Pat. No. 9,452,807

BICYCLE FRONT DERAILLEUR WITH MOUNTING STRUCTURE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle front derailleur comprising:
a mounting member configured to be mounted to a first frame member of a bicycle frame, the first frame member being pivotally
connected to a second frame member of the bicycle frame about a pivot axis, so that the first frame member is pivotal with
respect to the second frame member about the pivot axis;

a chain guide; and
a linkage assembly that pivotally couples the mounting member to the chain guide, wherein
the mounting member includes an attachment portion, and the attachment portion includes an opening through which a fixing
bolt for fixing the mounting member to the first frame member passes and includes an abutment configured to restrict rotation
of the mounting member around the fixing bolt by abutting the first frame member,

the opening is configured to be located on a front side of the pivot axis, which is a side of the pivot axis that corresponds
to a front end of the bicycle frame, when the mounting member is mounted to the first frame member.

US Pat. No. 9,303,726

BICYCLE CHAIN

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle chain comprising:
a first inner link plate comprising:
a first end portion including:
a first opening having a first center axis;
a first chamfered section extending along an outer periphery of the first end portion; and
a first chamfer-free section free from being chamfered, the first chamfer-free section extending along the outer periphery
of the first end portion from a first circumferential end of the first chamfered section, the first chamfer-free section being
provided in at least a first chamfer-free angular range when viewed from an axial direction parallel to the first center axis;

a second end portion including a second opening having a second center axis;
the first chamfer-free angular range being defined from the first circumferential end of the first chamfered section to a
first inner-link longitudinal centerline of the first inner link plate, the first inner-link longitudinal centerline being
perpendicular to the first center axis and the second center axis when viewed from the axial direction, the first chamfer-free
angular range being equal to or greater than 30 degrees with respect to the first center axis; and

a first intermediate portion interconnecting the first end portion and the second end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,090,300

BICYCLE-USE MEASURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle-use measuring apparatus comprising:
a sensor configured to be installed on a bicycle;
a signal amplifying section that amplifies an output of the sensor; and
a gain control section that is programmed to adjust a gain of the signal amplifying section in accordance with a rotational
state signal indicating a detected rotational state of a rotating part of the bicycle,

the rotating part being a crank, a sprocket, a pulley or a pedal.

US Pat. No. 9,487,266

BICYCLE CRANK AXLE ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle crank axle assembly comprising:
a first crank arm including a first axle mounting opening that is through bore;
a second crank arm including a second axle mounting opening; and
a crank axle including a first end portion, a second end portion and a middle body portion located between the first and second
end portions, the crank axle being mounted in the first axle mounting opening of the first crank arm with a non-interference
fit therebetween, and the first end portion of the crank axle is attached to the first axle mounting opening by adhesive,

the first end portion of the crank axle having at least one axially extending first spline that protrudes radially outward
from a radial position corresponding to an outer peripheral surface of the middle body portion, the outer peripheral surface
of the middle body portion and a base outer peripheral surface of the first end portion excluding the at least one axially
extending first spline having equal diameters, the first end portion of the crank axle being disposed in the first axle mounting
opening, the at least one axially extending first spline non-rotatably coupling the crank axle to the first crank arm and
preventing outward axial movement of the first crank arm away from the second crank arm along the crank axle,

the second end portion of the crank axle having at least one recess that extend radially inward with respect to the outer
peripheral surface of the middle body portion to form at least one axially extending second spline, the second end portion
of the crank axle being non-rotatably disposed in the second axle mounting opening.

US Pat. No. 9,365,258

BICYCLE BRAKE AND SHIFT OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle brake and shift operating device comprising:
a bracket including a grip portion;
a brake operating member pivotally attached to the bracket at a pivot axis;
a shift operating unit including a takeup member pivotally mounted relative to the bracket to pivot on a first pivot axis
and a locking pawl pivotally mounted relative to the bracket to pivot on a second pivot axis, with the locking pawl being
movably arranged to pivot on the second pivot axis in a first rotational direction about a first pivot pin from a locking
position in which the locking pawl holds the takeup member to a release position in which the locking pawl releases the takeup
member; and

a pawl releasing member pivotally mounted relative to the bracket to pivot on a third pivot axis, with the pawl releasing
member selectively locating the locking pawl from the locking position to the release position by pivoting around the third
pivot axis in the first rotational direction about a second pivot pin, an entirety of the second pivot pin being spaced from
the first pivot pin along a direction parallel to the third pivot axis; the third pivot axis of the pawl releasing member
being offset from both of the first and second pivot axes of the takeup member and the locking pawl, and a first distance
between the first and third pivot axes being smaller than a second distance between the first and second pivot axes.

US Pat. No. 9,227,691

BICYCLE BRAKE CALIPER ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle brake caliper assembly comprising:
a brake caliper configured to apply a braking force on a brake disc rotor configured to be rotatable about a rotational axis;
and

a base member configured to be coupled to the brake caliper and to be attached to a bicycle frame such that relative position
between the rotational axis of the brake disc rotor and the brake caliper is adjustable in a radial direction of the brake
disc rotor, wherein

the base member includes a coupling portion at which the brake caliper is coupled,
the base member is attached to the bicycle frame with one of a first orientation and a second orientation, and
the base member is configured such that a first position of the coupling portion in a state where the base member is attached
to the bicycle frame with the first orientation differs from a second position of the coupling portion in a state where the
base member is attached to the bicycle frame with the second orientation, in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,063,024

BICYCLE REAR HUB

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear hub comprising:
a hub spindle;
a drive part rotatably supported on the hub spindle and configured to receive a driving-force-input member, the drive art
a a first member, a second member and a one-way clutch disposed between the first and second members;

a hub shell rotatably supported on the hub spindle and operatively coupled to the drive part for rotation by the drive part
on the hub spindle; and

a driving force measuring part including a magnetostrictive element disposed in a driving force transmission path between
the drive part and the hub shell, and a detection coil disposed in opposition to the magnetostrictive element,

the drive part further having a sleeve disposed in the drive force transmission path and being rotatable with the first member
of the drive part, the sleeve retaining the magnetostrictive element.

US Pat. No. 9,469,378

BICYCLE DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be mounted to a bicycle frame;
a movable member configured to be movable with respect to the base member between a retracted position and an extended position
at which the movable member is farther from the base member than the retracted position; and

a linkage assembly operatively coupled between the base member and the movable member, the linkage assembly comprising:
a first link pivotally coupled to the movable member about a first pivot axis,
a second link pivotally coupled to the movable member about a second pivot axis spaced apart from the first pivot axis,
an extension link extending from one of the first and second links toward the other of the first and second links, and
a sliding link including a sliding portion slidably coupled to the extension link to slide along the extension link and a
pivoting portion pivotally coupled to the other of the first and second links.

US Pat. No. 9,452,798

BICYCLE SEATPOST ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle seatpost assembly comprising:
a first cylinder;
a second cylinder configured to be telescopically received in the first cylinder; and
a positioning structure configured to relatively position the first cylinder and the second cylinder, the positioning structure
including

a receiving member,
a first seal member configured to provide a first gate of a first passageway together with the receiving member, the first
seal member including a spherical surface directly contactable with the receiving member to close the first gate, and

a movable member configured to move the first seal member relative to the receiving member to open the first gate.

US Pat. No. 9,363,988

SPINNING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A spinning reel for forwardly unreeling a fishing line, comprising:
a reel main body having a peripheral wall and a through-hole, the through-hole having a front end side, a rear end side and
extending through the peripheral wall in a longitudinal direction of the spinning reel;

a handle configured to wind the fishing line, and being rotatably mounted to the reel main body;
a screw member having a first end, a second end, a screw head disposed on the first end, a screw shaft section extending from
the screw head toward the second end, and male threads disposed on the screw shaft section, the screw head contacting the
peripheral wall at the front end side of the through-hole and the screw shaft section extending through the through-hole;

a stopper member mounted to the screw shaft section and contacting a periphery of the rear end side of the through-hole; and
a cover member having a fixed section fixed by engaging the screw member, and covering a rear of the reel main body.

US Pat. No. 9,307,805

BICYCLE CLEAT POSITIONING KIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle cleat positioning kit comprising:
a first section having a first shoe attachment portion that is configured to be detachably coupled to a first bicycle shoe,
the first section being configured to adjustably position a first cleat on a first sole of the first bicycle shoe, the first
section including a first cleat engagement portion configured to be detachably coupled to the first cleat; and

a second section having a second shoe attachment portion that is configured to be detachably coupled to a second bicycle shoe
different from the first bicycle shoe, the second section being configured to adjustably position a second cleat on a second
sole of the second bicycle shoe, the second section including a second cleat engagement portion configured to be detachably
coupled to the second cleat,

the first section being arranged at a first end of the bicycle cleat positioning kit and the second section being arranged
at a second end of the cleat positioning kit, the second end being disposed opposite the first end in a lengthwise direction
of the bicycle cleat positioning kit, the lengthwise direction corresponding to a direction from a heel to a toe of the first
or second bicycle shoe when the first shoe attachment portion is coupled to the first bicycle shoe or the second shoe attachment
portion is coupled to the second bicycle shoe,

the first and second cleat engagement portions being shaped differently from each other to accommodate differently shaped
first and second cleats, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,253,969

DUAL-BEARING REEL SPOOL BRAKING DEVICE AND DUAL-BEARING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A dual-bearing reel spool braking device configured to brake a spool that is rotatably mounted on a reel body by centrifugal
force, the dual-bearing reel spool comprising:
a brake shoe arranged to apply a braking force to the spool;
a rotating member configured to rotate in conjunction with the spool, the rotating member including a pivot shaft portion
and a fixing portion, the pivot shaft portion pivotally supporting the brake shoe and movably supporting the brake shoe in
an axial direction of the pivot shaft portion, the fixing portion selectively engaging the brake shoe and non-pivotally fixing
the brake shoe, and

a brake drum arranged to selectively contact the brake shoe,
the brake shoe being configured and arranged to selectively contact the brake drum by pivoting due to a centrifugal force.

US Pat. No. 9,429,203

DISC BRAKE ROTOR

SHIMANO Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A disc brake rotor comprising:
a friction portion; and
a cooling fin located radially offset from the friction portion,
the cooling fin being configured with a temperature sensitive portion to deflect due to a change in temperature in the friction
portion such that additional airflow is provided to the disc brake rotor.

US Pat. No. 9,334,016

BICYCLE REAR DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear derailleur comprising:
a first member including a first attachment end and a second attachment end having an opening;
a second member; and
a locking structure that pivotally attaches the second member to the first member about a pivot axis such that a relative
position of the first and second members is fixed with respect to a rotational direction about the pivot axis, the locking
structure being configured to release the relative position of the first and second members from a fixed state upon a predetermined
load being provided to one of the first and second members in the rotational direction with respect to the pivot axis,

the locking structure including a fastener and a locking member, the fastener extending through the opening of the second
attachment end of the first member, the locking member having a threaded section disposed in a bore of the first member and
a non-threaded section disposed in a recess in the fastener.

US Pat. No. 9,297,450

BICYCLE REAR SPROCKET

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear sprocket comprising:
a sprocket body having a center rotational axis, a first side surface and a second side surface, the first and second side
surfaces facing oppositely with respect to an axial direction of the bicycle rear sprocket, the first side surface being a
smaller sprocket facing side of the sprocket body; and

a chain engagement structure including a plurality of sprocket teeth extending radially outward from an outer periphery of
the sprocket body,

the sprocket teeth including a first shift tooth and a second shift tooth, the second shift tooth being positioned at a third
tooth position in a downstream direction of a rotational driving direction of the bicycle rear sprocket with respect to the
first shift tooth, the first shift tooth and the second shift tooth functioning as a shift tooth that is configured to catch
a link of a bicycle chain as the bicycle chain moves from a smaller bicycle rear sprocket to the bicycle rear sprocket,

the sprocket teeth further including either a first non-shift tooth having a first recess or a first toothless gap that is
positioned in the downstream direction with respect to the first shift tooth and that is adjacent the first shift tooth,

the sprocket teeth further including either a second non-shift tooth having a second recess or a second toothless gap that
is positioned in the downstream direction with respect to the second shift tooth and that is adjacent the second shift tooth.

US Pat. No. 9,297,452

BICYCLE SPROCKET

Shimano Inc., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket having a rotational center axis, the bicycle sprocket comprising:
a sprocket member including:
an annular base portion;
sprocket teeth configured to protrude radially outwardly from the annular base portion, the sprocket teeth being arranged
in a circumferential direction of the annular base portion, each of the sprocket teeth having a tooth bottom defining a root
circle of the sprocket teeth; and

a closed tooth opening being at least partly positioned radially outwardly from the root circle, the closed tooth opening
is free of a metallic material when the bicycle sprocket is in an assembled state.

US Pat. No. 9,227,689

BICYCLE SHIFT OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle shift operating device comprising:
a base member;
a shift wire take-up element rotatably mounted with respect to the base member in first and second rotational directions about
a pivot axis; and

a shifting unit operatively coupled to the shift wire take-up element, the shifting unit including a first shift operating
member and a second shift operating member,

the first shift operating member being movably mounted with respect to the base member to move along a first plane in a first
movement direction from a rest position to operate the shift wire take-up element in the first rotational direction, and to
move along a second plane in a second movement direction from the rest position to operate the shift wire take-up element
in the second rotational direction, with the first and second planes being non-parallel so as to intersect with each other,

the second shift operating member being movably mounted with respect to the base member to move along a third plane in a third
movement direction to release the shift wire take-up element for movement in the second rotational direction while the first
shift operating member remains stationary, with the second plane and the third plane being non-parallel on as to intersect
with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,457,868

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC QUICK-RELEASE APPARATUS AND BICYCLE FRAME

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic release apparatus comprising:
a main body including:
a first hole; and
a second hole; and
a hydraulic chamber having a changeable volume and provided between the first hole and the second hole, the hydraulic chamber
being configured to be in a first chamber state where a volume of the hydraulic chamber is a first volume, the hydraulic chamber
being configured to be in a second chamber state where the volume of the hydraulic chamber is a second volume different from
the first volume, the hydraulic chamber being disconnected from the first hole in the second chamber state.

US Pat. No. 9,376,165

BICYCLE SPROCKET

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:
a sprocket body having a center rotational axis; and
a plurality of sprocket teeth extending radially outward from a root circle of the sprocket body with the sprocket teeth being
circumferentially spaced around the outer periphery of the sprocket body,

the sprocket teeth including at least one shift assist tooth that assists in a shifting operation from the bicycle sprocket
to a smaller sprocket, the at least one shift assist tooth having a maximum radial height as measured from the root circle
of the sprocket body, the maximum radial height of the at least one shift assist tooth being larger than a maximum radial
height of a majority of remaining ones of the sprocket teeth as measured from the root circle of the sprocket body, and the
at least one shift assist tooth having a radially inclined surface sloping toward the smaller sprocket as the radially inclined
surface approaches radially toward the center rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 9,210,922

DUAL-BEARING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A dual-bearing reel being attachable to a fishing rod and configured to forwardly reel out a fishing line in a forward
direction, comprising:
a reel unit including a first main body part and a second main body part, the first main body part including a first lateral
surface and a front surface facing in the forward direction, a second lateral surface being opposite to the first lateral
surface, and an attachment-side surface, the second main body part including a third lateral surface facing the first lateral
surface at a predetermined interval;

a spool being disposed between the first main body part and the second main body part;
a handle being rotatably attached to the first main body part on the second lateral surface; and
an attaching member including an attaching surface facing a first direction, the attaching surface contacting the fishing
rod when the dual-bearing reel is attached to the fishing rod;

the first main body part including a recessed portion extending continuously along a first boundary portion and a second boundary
portion, the first boundary portion being between the attachment-side surface and the first lateral surface, the attachment-side
surface facing the first direction, and the second boundary portion being between the front surface and the first lateral
surface.

US Pat. No. 9,469,380

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control device comprising:
a housing member having an attachment part configured to be attached to a handlebar, and a grip part extending longitudinally
between a first end of the grip part and a second end of the grip part, the attachment part being provided on the first end
of the grip part;

a control lever member pivotally provided with respect to the housing member;
a shift-operating mechanism provided in the housing member, the shift-operating mechanism including a cable take-up member
rotatably mounted around a cable take-up axis, the cable take-up member having a control cable attachment part that is configured
to be coupled to a shifting device by a control cable; and

a hydraulic fluid pressure generator having a cylinder and a piston movably disposed within the cylinder by movement of the
control lever member to generate fluid pressure for controlling a braking device,

the cylinder being disposed in the housing member at a position closer toward the second end of the grip part than the shift-operating
mechanism to the second end of the grip part, the cylinder defining a cylinder axis that forms an angle of greater than or
equal to 20° and less than or equal to 50° with the cable take-up axis.

US Pat. No. 9,468,199

REEL PART FOR FISHING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A reel part for a fishing reel comprising:
an inner member having a surface treatment layer, and
an outer member fixed to an outer peripheral side of the inner member, the outer member including a processed part that is
processed after being fixed to the inner member.

US Pat. No. 9,377,089

CHAIN TENSIONING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A chain tensioning device comprising:
a main body configured to be mounted to a bicycle;
a chain guide pivotally coupled to the main body to rotate around a rotational axis with respect to the main body in a first
rotational direction and a second rotational direction opposite the first rotational direction;

a rotary fluid damper unit operatively connected between the main body and the chain guide to provide rotational resistance
to the chain guide around the rotational axis, the rotary fluid damper unit including an outer member and an inner member
arranged radially inwardly of the outer member, the outer member and the inner member defining a fluid cavity that is filled
with a fluid; and

a rotational resistance adjustment device that is arranged on the outer member and operatively connected to the rotary fluid
damper unit to change a rotational resistance setting of the rotary fluid damper unit with the rotational resistance adjustment
device in an operative state, the rotational resistance adjustment device being isolated from the fluid cavity, the rotational
resistance setting being changed with respect to rotation of the chain guide in both of the first and second rotational directions
around the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 9,120,522

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE AND BICYCLE HYDRAULIC DEVICE ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic operating device comprising:
a bracket configured to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar and including a mounting surface contactable with the bicycle handlebar;
and

a hydraulic unit provided at the bracket to at least partially protrude from the mounting surface toward the bicycle handlebar
in a state where the bracket is mounted to the bicycle handlebar, wherein

the hydraulic unit includes a hydraulic cylinder and a piston movably disposed in the hydraulic cylinder, and
the hydraulic cylinder at least partially protrudes from the mounting surface toward the bicycle handlebar.

US Pat. No. 9,308,964

BICYCLE MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle motor control system for controlling a motor for assisting rotation of a bicycle wheel, the bicycle motor control
system comprising:
a motor communication part that performs power line communication with an electrical bicycle component through a common power
line used to communicate both electrical power and information; and

a motor control part configured to set a motor operation mode of the motor to a motor driving mode or a motor power generating
mode in response to a mode switching signal from the electrical bicycle component, the motor driving mode being a mode in
which the motor assists in rotating the bicycle wheel and the motor power generating mode being a mode in which the motor
outputs electrical power that has been generated using rotation of the bicycle wheel,

the motor control part being operated by at least one of electrical power supplied via the common power line and electrical
power generated by the motor,

the motor control part being configured to determine if a signal is being communicated between the electrical bicycle component
and the motor communication part,

the motor control part including a first mode switching part that switches the motor operation mode from the motor driving
mode to the motor power generating mode upon a determination that a signal is not being communicated between the motor communication
part and the electrical bicycle component.

US Pat. No. 9,199,691

HYDRAULIC BICYCLE COMPONENT KIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A hydraulic bicycle component kit comprising:
a first hydraulic component having a first fluid path;
a hydraulic hose filled with hydraulic fluid, the hydraulic hose having a first end with a first opening and a first seal
that seals the first opening; and

a first seal rupturing tool provided in the hydraulic bicycle component kit as a separate non-attached member from the first
hydraulic component and the hydraulic hose,

the hydraulic hose and the first hydraulic component being configured such that the first seal of the hydraulic hose is physically
ruptured by the first seal rupturing tool before the first hydraulic component is coupled to the first end of the hydraulic
hose.

US Pat. No. 9,359,042

BICYCLE CRANK ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle crank assembly comprising:
a crank arm including
a first outer shell having a first pedal attachment end with a first pedal axle opening and a projecting part projecting from
the first outer shell in an axial direction with respect to the first pedal axle opening, the first outer shell being a one-piece,
pressed sheet metal member with the projecting part being a bent portion that defines the first pedal axle opening,

a second outer shell having a second pedal attachment end with a second pedal axle opening that is axially aligned with the
first pedal axle opening, the first and second outer shells being adhesively attached together to firm an interior cavity
therebetween, and

a pedal attachment structure spanning the interior cavity between the first and second pedal attachment ends of the first
and second outer shells, the pedal attachment structure and the second outer shell being integrated as a single piece of forged
metal, the pedal attachment structure including a pedal axle bore axially aligned with the first and second pedal axle openings,
the pedal attachment structure further including an abutment face with a recess formed in the abutment face, the abutment
face contacting the first outer shell adjacent the first pedal axle opening, and the projecting part of the first outer shell
being disposed in the recess of the pedal attachment structure.

US Pat. No. 9,157,523

BICYCLE COMPONENT ACTUATION APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle component actuation apparatus comprising:
a base member;
a user operating member movably mounted to the base member from a rest position to a first operated position; and
a controller detecting operation of the user operating member to operate first and second electric components, one of which
is not a shifting device,

the controller operating one of the first and second electric components upon the controller detecting the user operating
member being moved to the first operated position,

the controller operating at least the other of the first and second electric components upon the controller detecting the
user operating member remaining at the first operated position for a period of time longer than a first prescribed time.

US Pat. No. 9,132,886

SHIFT OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A shift operating device comprising:
a bracket member configured to be mounted to a bicycle, the bracket member including a first end section, a second end section
remotely disposed from the first end section, and a side portion extending between the first and second end sections, the
side portion including upper and lower walls which oppose each other, and forward and rearward walls which oppose each other,
such that the upper, lower, forward and rearward walls define a shift unit receiving recess in the side portion;

a support structure removably received in the shift unit receiving recess to mount to the bracket member such that the upper
and lower walls exist above and below the support structure, and the forward and rearward walls exist forward and rearward
of the support structure;

a wire takeup member movably supported by the support structure;
a positioning mechanism including a first positioning member movably supported by the support structure and configured to
integrally move with the wire takeup member, and a second positioning member supported by the support structure and configured
to engage the first positioning member such that the first positioning member has a plurality of operating positions; and

a control member having a first portion movably supported by and attached to the support structure at a location inside the
bracket member and a second portion disposed outside the bracket member, the control member being operatively coupled to the
positioning mechanism for changing the operating position of the first positioning member,

the bracket member further including a removable cover at least partially covering the shift unit receiving recess, with the
support structure disposed inside the shift unit receiving recess of the bracket member and the removable cover overlying
the support structure.

US Pat. No. 9,126,651

BICYCLE SUSPENSION ADJUSTOR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle suspension adjustor comprising:
a rotational input member configured to rotate in a rotational direction;
an axial output member configured to move in an axial direction; and
a rotation-to-axial movement converting structure including a first converting member operatively coupled to the rotational
input member, a second converting member facing the first converting member, and at least one rolling member operatively disposed
between the first and second converting members, one of the first and second converting members operatively coupled to the
axial output member, the first and second converting members have first and second axial end faces, respectively, that face
each other in opposite axial directions, at least one of the first and second axial end faces of the first and second converting
members having a camming surface which contacts with the at least one rolling member,

the at least one rolling member being in rolling contact with the first and second converting members so that the at least
one rolling member induces relative displacement with respect to both of the first and second converting members as the rotational
input member rotates the first converting member in response to a rotational movement of the rotational input member with
the one of the first and second converting members moving in the axial direction due to a rotational movement of the first
converting member, and with the axial output member moving in the axial direction due to an axial movement of the one of the
first and second converting members.

US Pat. No. 9,090,124

BICYCLE HUB AXLE ADAPTER

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hub axle adapter comprising:
a hub axle adapter main body configured to be inserted into a bicycle hub having a hollow hub axle, the hub axle adapter main
body having an axially extending insertion hole configured such that a skewer shaft extends there through so at least a distal
end portion of the skewer shaft partially protrudes from the axially extending insertion hole; and

at least one retaining member disposed on an external surface of the hub axle adapter main body for contacting an internal
surface of the hollow hub axle.

US Pat. No. 9,090,312

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE BICYCLE TRANSMISSION

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A continuously variable bicycle transmission comprising:
a ring roller;
a first conical planetary roller frictionally engaged with the ring roller;
a first carrier rotatably supporting the first conical planetary roller;
a sun roller movable along an axis, the sun roller being frictionally engaged with the first conical planetary roller; and
an upstream planetary gear mechanism operatively disposed between a drive member and a driven member, and the upstream planetary
gear mechanism being arranged to receive a rotation of the drive member and rotate the sun roller.

US Pat. No. 9,295,242

SPINNING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A spinning reel for delivering fishing line in a forward direction, the spinning reel comprising:
a spinning reel body;
a handle rotatably supported by the reel body;
a rotor supported by the reel body to rotate around a longitudinal axis that is offset from an axis of rotation of the handle;
and

a spool supported by the reel body to move in a longitudinal direction of the longitudinal axis, the spool being arranged
to have the fishing line wound thereon by the rotor,

the rotor including
a rotor body having a cylindrical coupling portion that is rotatably supported by the reel body, a first rotor arm extending
forward from a rear end portion of the coupling portion, the first rotor arm being spaced apart from the coupling portion
and having a pair of first side portions, and a second rotor arm extending forward from the rear end portion of the coupling
portion, the second rotor arm being spaced apart from the coupling portion and having a pair of second side portions, the
first and second rotor arms being located on diametrically opposite sides of the coupling portion,

a first cover member removably attached to the rotor body and covering a radially outer side of the first rotor arm,
a first guard member removably attached to an exterior of the rotor body, the first guard member having a first guard portion
that covers at least a portion of a boundary between an outside surface of the coupling portion and a rear end surface of
the rear end portion of the coupling portion,

a second guard member removably attached to the exterior of the rotor body, the second guard member having a second guard
portion that covers at least a portion of the boundary between the outside surface and the rear end surface of the coupling
portion at a position that opposes the first guard portion, and

a fishing line guide portion pivotally coupled to extreme ends of the first rotor arm and the second rotor arm, the fishing
line guide portion being arranged to wind the fishing line onto the spool.

US Pat. No. 9,150,277

BICYCLE CRANK ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle crank assembly comprising:
a crank arm; and
at least one sprocket having a rotational center axis and a plurality of teeth formed about a periphery of the at least one
sprocket,

the plurality of teeth including a set of regular teeth and a set of first and second teeth, the first teeth having a first
chain engaging tooth width for engaging with an outer link of a bicycle chain, the second teeth having a second chain engaging
tooth width for engaging with an inner link of the bicycle chain, the first chain engaging tooth width being greater than
the second chain engaging tooth width, the regular teeth having a third chain engaging tooth width being smaller than the
first chain engaging tooth width,

the regular teeth including at least three consecutive teeth centered in at least one of a top dead center area and a bottom
dead center area with respect to the crank arm, the first and second teeth being disposed between the top dead center area
and the bottom dead center area with respect to the crank arm.

US Pat. No. 9,229,712

BICYCLE COMPONENT CONTROL APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle component control apparatus comprising:
a communication interface configured to communicate with at least one electric bicycle component and at least one manually
operated input member;

a controller electrically coupled to the communication interface, and programmed to control the at least one electric bicycle
component based on operation of the at least one manually operated input member,

the controller being programmed to decide an operation mode of the at least one electric bicycle component differently based
on a number of the manually operated input members coupled to the controller via the communication interface.

US Pat. No. 9,193,413

BICYCLE DISC BRAKE CALIPER

Shimano Inc., Sakai-shi ...

1. A disc brake caliper comprising:
a main body including:
a first portion;
a second portion having no bleeding port;
a connecting portion connecting the first portion with the second portion such that a slot for arranging a disc rotor is defined
between the first portion and the second portion;

a first fluid port arranged on the first portion; and
a second fluid port fluidly connected with the first fluid port by a fluid flow path, the second fluid port being arranged
on the first portion;

wherein the first fluid port faces an outside of the main body in a first direction, and the second fluid port faces the outside
of the main body in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and the first and second directions are substantially
parallel to a plane defined by the slot.

US Pat. No. 9,399,500

BICYCLE WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle wireless control system comprising:
a first electric component of a bicycle including at least one operating member and a wireless transmitter that wirelessly
transmits a plurality of control signals in response to a single operation of the at least one operating member, each of the
control signals being transmitted for a predetermined transmission period at a predetermined non-transmission interval between
adjacent ones of the control signals; and

a second electric component of the bicycle, remote from the first electric component, including a wireless receiver that is
configured to wirelessly receive the control signal and a controller operatively connected to the wireless receiver to use
the control signal to control the second electric component,

the controller being programmed to periodically operate the wireless receiver for a first predetermined listening period including
a first initial predetermined listening period, a first closing predetermined listening period, and a first intermediate predetermined
non-listening interval between the first initial predetermined listening period and the first closing predetermined listening
period; and

the controller being programmed to periodically operate the wireless receiver for a second predetermined listening period
including a second initial predetermined listening period, a second closing predetermined listening period, and a second intermediate
predetermined non-listening interval between the second initial predetermined listening period and the second closing predetermined
listening period,

a predetermined non-listening interval being provided between the first and second predetermined listening periods,
each of the first and second intermediate predetermined non-listening intervals being smaller than the predetermined non-listening
interval.

US Pat. No. 9,145,183

ADJUSTABLE BICYCLE ELECTRIC CONTROL DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. An electric control device for a bicycle, the electric control device comprising:
a band part that is adapted to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar, wherein the band part defines a handlebar opening,
an extension portion extending from the band part,
a bracket member adjustably mounted to the extension portion, wherein the bracket member is displaceable relative to the extension
portion in at least a first adjustment direction and along an adjustment path, wherein the adjustment path is positioned below
the handlebar opening when the control device is mounted on the bicycle handlebar, and

a first electric user interface member operatively coupled to the bracket member.

US Pat. No. 9,481,425

BICYCLE SUSPENSION

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle suspension comprising:
a cylinder element including an internal space extending in an axial direction of the cylinder element;
a piston element provided in the internal space to define a first air chamber and a second air chamber in the cylinder element,
the second air chamber being opposite to the first air chamber with respect to the piston element;

a sealing structure dividing the first air chamber into a first sub chamber and a second sub chamber; and
a stroke adjustment structure configured to adjust a stroke of the bicycle suspension and including an axially movable member
configured to initiate a stroke adjustment of the bicycle suspension, the axially movable member being configured to be entirely
disposed in the first air chamber, the axially movable member including a passageway to connect the first sub chamber to the
second sub chamber, the stroke adjustment structure including an actuator fixedly mounted to the cylinder element, the actuator
being configured to move the axially movable member in the axial direction relative to the cylinder element.

US Pat. No. 9,233,730

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control device comprising:
a housing member having an attachment part configured to be attached to a handlebar of a bicycle, and a grip part configured
to be gripped by a rider in a riding position, the grip part including an upper surface with a downward-curving shaped surface
to facilitate gripping of the grip part, and the downward-curving shaped surface of the grip part being disposed between a
peaked portion of the housing member distal from the attachment part and the attachment part;

a cover member made of an elastic material that at least partially covers an outside surface of the grip part;
a hydraulic fluid pressure generator having a cylinder provided inside the grip part of the housing member, and a piston movably
disposed within the cylinder to generate fluid pressure for controlling a braking device,

a control lever member having a first operation lever pivotably coupled relative to the housing member for pivoting about
a first axis to operate the piston; and

a shift-operating mechanism configured to be coupled to a shifting device by a control cable, the shift-operating mechanism
being mounted on the control lever member.

US Pat. No. 9,234,580

CONTROL DEVICE FOR AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OF A BICYCLE

Shimano Inc., Sakai-shi ...

1. A control device for an automatic transmission for a bicycle, comprising:
a controller configured to instruct the automatic transmission to shift among a plurality of speed stages, each speed stage
having an associated cadence range;

wherein the controller is further configured to determine a traveling resistance of the bicycle, and if the traveling resistance
exceeds a predetermined threshold, the controller is configured to adjust at least one of the cadence ranges; and

following the adjustment of the at least one cadence range, the controller is further configured to operate the automatic
transmission to shift based upon the adjusted cadence range and a detected cadence.

US Pat. No. 9,211,936

CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A control device configured to be installed on a handlebar of a bicycle and configured to operate a brake device on the
bicycle, the control device comprising:
a bicycle attachment member;
a brake operating member pivotally coupled to the attachment member to pivot about a first axis; and
at least one of a wireless communication unit and a notification unit disposed on the brake operating member, the wireless
communication unit being disposed on at least one of an inwardly facing part and a rearwardly facing part of the brake operating
member while the control device is attached to the handlebar.

US Pat. No. 9,210,923

SPINNING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A spinning reel allowing a fishing rod to be attached thereto, the spinning reel being configured to forwardly reel out
a fishing line, the spinning reel comprising:
a handle;
a spool;
a rotor being configured to wind the fishing line about the spool;
an oscillating mechanism being configured to move the spool back and forth by rotation of the handle;
a rotor drive mechanism being configured to rotate rotor by the rotation of the handle; and
a reel unit including
a fishing rod attachment leg allowing the fishing rod to be attached thereto,
a chassis having a mechanism attachment space to accommodate the oscillating mechanism and the rotor drive mechanism,
a lid member covering the mechanism attachment space,
a reel unit guard having a tapered shape, the reel unit guard covering a rear side of the chassis and a rear side of the lid
member,

a protruding portion protruding towards at least one of the chassis and the lid member from an inner lateral surface of the
reel unit guard, the inner lateral surface being disposed on a side away from the fishing rod attachment leg, and

a projection being disposed on at least one of the chassis and the lid member, the projection being engaged with the protruding
portion to restrict the reel unit guard from moving in a direction away from the fishing rod attachment leg, and

the reel unit being provided with the fishing rod attachment leg disposed on either the chassis or the lid member.

US Pat. No. 9,623,932

BICYCLE DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be mounted to a bicycle, the base member having an inner wire guide that is a non-detachable part
of the base member, the inner wire guide having an inlet portion and an outlet portion;

a movable member supporting a chain guide;
a coupling structure movably coupling the movable member to the base member so that the movable member is selectively movable
relative to the base member; and

an attachment member detachably attached to the outlet portion of the inner wire guide.

US Pat. No. 9,233,731

BICYCLE RIM BRAKE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rim brake comprising:
a first brake arm having a first coupling portion configured to pivot about a first pivot axis and a first mounting portion,
the first mounting portion being configured to mount a first friction member and extending from the first coupling portion;

a second brake arm having a second coupling portion configured to pivot about the first pivot axis and a second mounting portion,
the second mounting portion being configured to mount a second friction member and extending from the second coupling portion;
and

a link pivotally coupled to the second brake arm about a second pivot axis that is offset from the first pivot axis, the link
having a coupling structure configured to be coupled with a movable member and a contact projection having a free end contacting
the first brake arm, the coupling structure being arranged to be spaced from the second pivot axis, the contact portion being
arranged to pivot the first and second brake arms about the first pivot axis as the link pivots about the second pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 9,079,629

BICYCLE ELECTRIC CONTROL DEVICE WITH ADJUSTABLE SWITCH UNIT

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. An electric control device for operating a bicycle component, the electric control device comprising:
a base member that is adapted to be attached to a bicycle,
a lever pivotally coupled to the base member about a pivot axis and pivotable between a first position and a second position,
and

a signal generating unit that includes a switch that generates a signal when the lever is moved to the second position, wherein
the signal generating unit is adjustable between at least a first adjustment position and a second adjustment position, wherein
in the first adjustment position the distance between the first position and the second position defines a first stroke and
in the second adjustment position the distance between the first position and the second position defines a second stroke,
and wherein the second stroke is greater than the first stroke.

US Pat. No. 9,415,832

BICYCLE PEDAL

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle pedal comprising:
a pedal axle;
a pedal body rotatably supported on the pedal axle;
a first sub member movably coupled to the pedal body, the first sub member being movable relative to the pedal body about
a first pivot axis between a first position and a second position;

a first clamping member movably coupled to the first sub member, the first clamping member being movable relative to the first
sub member about a second pivot axis between a third position and a fourth position;

a second clamping member coupled to the pedal body to clamp a cleat together with the first clamping member;
a biasing structure configured to bias the first clamping member toward the third position and configured to bias the first
sub member toward the first position, wherein the first sub member, the first pivot axis, the first clamping member, the second
pivot axis and the biasing structure are configured such that a first torque to pivot the first sub member about the first
pivot axis toward the second position is less than a second torque to pivot the first clamping member about the second pivot
axis toward the fourth position; and

a restricting structure configured to restrict the first sub member from pivoting about the first pivot axis relative to the
pedal body toward the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,290,234

BICYCLE PEDAL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle pedal comprising:
a pedal axle;
a main pedal body rotatably supported on the pedal axle;
a first cleat securing member pivotally coupled relative to the main pedal body about a first pivot axis between a first position
and a second position;

a sub-member pivotally coupled to the main pedal body to move about a second pivot axis, the second pivot axis being farther
from the pedal axle than the first pivot axis; and

at least a first biasing member disposed on the second pivot axis, the first biasing member being operatively disposed between
the main pedal body and the first cleat securing member to bias the first cleat securing member toward the first position,

the first cleat securing member, the sub-member, the first biasing member and the first and second pivot axes being arranged
relative to the main pedal body so that the first cleat securing member and the sub-member rotate together about the second
pivot axis until the sub-member abuts against the pedal body, and the first cleat securing member subsequently rotates toward
the second position about the first pivot axis independently from the sub-member during a step-in operation.

US Pat. No. 9,150,281

BICYCLE REAR DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear derailleur comprising:
a base member including a bicycle mounting portion;
a cable operated structure movably coupled to the base member, the cable operated structure including a first link member
and a second link member the first link member being connected to the base member by a first pivot pin and the second link
member being connected to the base member by a second pivot pin; and

a movable member movably supported to the base member by the cable operated structure between a plurality of shift stage positions
with respect to the base member, the plurality of shift stage positions including a top shift stage position, a low shift
stage position and at least three shift stage positions between the top shift stage position and the low shift stage position,
the movable member being connected to the first link member by a third pivot pin and the connected to the second link member
by a fourth pivot pin; and

a biasing member connected to the first and second link members at points lying outside of a quadrilateral having corners
corresponding to first, second, third and fourth pivot axes of the first, second, third and fourth pivot pins, respectively,
such that a percentage of a rate of change of operating energy in two adjacent shifting operations between each three consecutive
shift stage positions of the movable member relative to the base member excluding the top and low shift stage positions is
less than 3.7%, the percentage of the rate of change of the operating energy being determined as follows

X=|E1?E2|/Eavg1×100(%)

 where X is the rate of change of the operating energy,
E1 is an operating energy for shifting between a N shift stage position and a N+1 shift stage position, wherein the N shift stage
position excludes both the top and low shift stage positions, and

E2 is an operating energy for shifting between a N+1 shift stage position and a N+2 shift stage position, wherein the N+2 shift
stage position excludes both the top and low shift stage positions, and

Eavg1 is average operation energy between the operating energies E1 and E2,

the cable operated structure including a first link member and a second link member coupling the movable member and the base
member, and including a biasing member operatively connected between the first link member and the second link member such
that the movable member is biased towards one of the top and low shift stage positions, the biasing member being configured
to generate a biasing force, and at least one of the first and second link members being configured to be moved between adjacent
shift stage positions by a cable, such that the biasing member via the biasing force and the at least one of the first and
second links via a distance moved by the cable between adjacent shift stage positions are configured to affect the operating
energy.

US Pat. No. 9,415,835

ROTATABLE ANNULAR BICYCLE COMPONENT AND BICYCLE REAR SPROCKET

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A rotatable annular bicycle component comprising:
an outer annular member comprising a first material;
an intermediate supporting member to which the outer annular member is attached, the intermediate supporting member comprising
a second material different from the first material; and

a hub engaging member configured to be attached to the intermediate supporting member and configured to engage with a bicycle
hub assembly, the hub engaging member comprising a third material different from the second material, the hub engaging member
including

an inner engaging part configured to engage with the bicycle hub assembly, and
an outer engaging part configured to engage with the intermediate supporting member, the outer engaging part being integrally
provided with the inner engaging part as a one-piece unitary member and being at least partly embedded in the intermediate
supporting member.

US Pat. No. 9,090,123

BICYCLE REAR HUB

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear hub comprising:
a hub spindle;
a drive part rotatably supported on the hub spindle, and configured to receive a driving-force-input member;
a hub shell rotatably supported on the hub spindle and operatively coupled to the drive part for rotation by the drive part
on the hub spindle;

at least one first opposed part coupled to the drive part;
at least one second opposed part coupled to the hub shell and being disposed oppose to the first opposed part; and
a driving force measuring part including a pressure sensor provided for contacting the first and second opposed parts.

US Pat. No. 9,365,259

DISC BRAKE CALIPER

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A disc brake caliper comprising:
a caliper main body comprising:
a first portion;
a second portion facing the first portion;
a connecting portion connecting the first portion with the second portion such that a slit for arranging a disc rotor is defined
between the first portion and the second portion, the connecting portion, the first portion and the second portion being formed
as a single unitary member;

a first hole to which a banjo fixing member is to be attached; and
a second hole provided apart from the first hole and extending from the first portion to the connecting portion in an axial
direction so as to at least partially overlap the slit in the connecting portion when viewed in a direction orthogonal to
the axial direction; and

an insert member configured to be inserted into the second hole, the insert member extending from the first portion to the
connecting portion in the axial direction so as to at least partially overlap the slit in the second hole, the second hole
being provided outside the slit.

US Pat. No. 9,234,553

BICYCLE BRAKE DISC

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle brake disc comprising:
an outer portion that has first and second braking surfaces facing in opposite axial directions of the bicycle brake disc,
the outer portion forming a radially outermost edge of the bicycle brake disc, and

a cooling fin that is disposed radially offset from at least one of the first and second braking surfaces, the cooling fin
including a plurality of wavy shaped portions, each of the wavy shaped portions including a plurality of alternating crests
and troughs that protrude and recess in the axial directions of the bicycle brake disc with respect to a center rotational
plane of the bicycle brake disc, the wavy shaped portions being non-continuously disposed about a center rotational axis of
the bicycle brake disc and circumferentially separated from each other by areas of differently shaped portions,

the wavy shaped portions being provided on an inner peripheral edge of the outer portion, the wavy shaped portions forming
portion of a radially innermost peripheral edge of the bicycle brake disc.

US Pat. No. 9,560,841

SPINNING REEL FOR FISHING AND A BRAKING OPERATION LEVER FOR THE ROTOR BRAKING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A braking operation lever for a rotor braking device of a spinning reel for fishing for applying a braking force to the
rotation of a rotor, the braking operation lever comprising:
a lever main body configured to be rotatably supported by a reel body;
an operating section configured to perform a braking operation, and being disposed on a first end part of the lever main body;
a brake shoe including an elastic member housing section, and being disposed on a second end part of the lever main body,
and being configured to be pressed against the rotor by operation of the operating section;

an elastic member disposed between the brake shoe and the lever main body, and within the elastic member housing section;
and

a fall out prevention mechanism preventing the elastic member from falling out of the brake shoe.

US Pat. No. 9,423,310

BICYCLE CRANK ARM WITH SENSOR SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A crank arm comprising:
a crank body having a first outer wall, a second outer wall and a connecting wall disposed between the first and second outer
walls, at least one of the first and second outer walls including an axle mounting portion having an axle receiving hole,
the first and second outer walls and the connecting wall defining an internal cavity;

a sensor support member attached to the crank body and disposed within the internal cavity of the crank body, the sensor support
member having an axle support portion that aligns with the axle receiving hole and is configured to support an axle; and

at least one strain sensor disposed on the sensor support member.

US Pat. No. 9,156,518

CABLE OPERATING MECHANISM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A cable operating mechanism comprising:
a fixed member;
a wire takeup member movably mounted with respect to the fixed member about a first pivot axis to move between a plurality
of predetermined wire positions, the wire takeup member including a wire attachment part;

a wire pulling member movably mounted with respect to the fixed member; and
a movement transmission member movably mounted with respect to the fixed member about a second pivot axis that is offset from
the first pivot axis, the movement transmission member being operatively coupled to the wire pulling member and the wire takeup
member such that a movement of the wire pulling member is transmitted to the wire takeup member via the movement transmission
member,

the movement transmission member having a camming portion with first and second lateral sides, with only the first lateral
side of the camming portion contacting the wire takeup member between each of the predetermined wire positions such that a
triangle that is formed by the first pivot axis, the second pivot axis, and a point of contact between the wire takeup member
and the movement transmission member, the triangle having an internal angle at the second pivot axis that is always obtuse
throughout the predetermined wire positions.

US Pat. No. 9,862,451

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control device for operating a first bicycle component and a second bicycle component of a bicycle, the bicycle
control device comprising:
a clamp configured to be mounted to the bicycle;
a first bicycle component actuator configured to be connected to the first bicycle component;
a second bicycle component actuator configured to be connected to the second bicycle component;
a single operating lever movably coupled to the clamp and operatively coupled to the first and second bicycle component actuators
to selectively operate the first and second bicycle component actuators; and

a mechanical switch movably coupled to the clamp to selectively switch between the first and second bicycle component actuators
being operated in response to movement of the operating lever,

the first bicycle component actuator including a first wire take-up member and a release member, and
the second bicycle component actuator including a second wire take-up member and a cable attachment part.

US Pat. No. 9,283,815

BICYCLE WHEEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle wheel comprising:
a wheel rim having an annular bridge and a pair of annular flanges with tire retaining ridges, the annular flanges extending
outward from the annular bridge to define an annular space;

a bicycle tire having a pair of annular bead portions, the bead portions being engaged with the tire retaining ridges of the
wheel rim, respectively; and

a tire retainer disposed within the annular space,
the tire retainer including two oppositely extending outer protrusions disposed radially outward with respect to an outer
periphery of the wheel rim, and the outer protrusions being spaced apart from the bicycle tire in at least one of an axial
direction and a radial direction while the bicycle tire is disposed in the annular space, the outer protrusions defining an
outer flange having an axial width that is larger than an axial distance between the bead portions of the bicycle tire while
the bead portions are engaged with the tire retaining ridges of the wheel rim, respectively,

the tire retainer further including a support body that is disposed between the bead portions of the bicycle tire, the support
body having an axial width that is dimensioned such that the bead portions of the bicycle tire are prevented from disengaging
from the tire retaining ridges of the wheel rim, respectively, while the bicycle tire is disposed in the annular space, the
axial width of the support body being smaller than the axial width of the outer flange of the tire retainer.

US Pat. No. 9,085,336

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:
a fixed member configured to be attached to a bicycle;
a movable member movably coupled to the fixed member;
a positioning mechanism operatively arranged to selectively maintain the movable member in any one of a plurality of holding
positions;

a driving mechanism including a first pivoting member pivotally mounted with respect to the fixed member to pivot about a
first axis to operatively engage the positioning mechanism; and

a second pivoting member pivotally mounted with respect to the fixed member to pivot from a neutral position about a second
axis that is offset from the first axis, the second pivoting member including first and second contacting parts for selectively
contacting the first pivoting member at different radial positions that are at different radial distances from the first axis
of the first pivoting member, with the first and second contacting parts contacting the first pivoting member causing the
first pivoting member to pivot in response to the second pivoting member being pivoted about the second axis in a first direction,

the second pivoting member causing the first pivoting member to rotate in a single direction on the first axis in response
to the second pivoting member being pivoted from the neutral position in the first direction on the second axis, and the second
pivoting member causing the first pivoting member to rotate on the first axis in the single direction in response to the second
pivoting member being pivoted from the neutral position in a second direction on the second axis which is opposite the first
direction, the second pivoting member being urged to the neutral position by the driving mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,700,031

RECIPROCATING MECHANISM FOR A FISHING REEL AND A FISHING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

10. A fishing reel, comprising:
a reel body;
a handle rotatably disposed on the reel body;
a spool configured to have a fishing line wound thereon by rotation of the handle; and
a reciprocating mechanism configured to evenly wind the fishing line on to the spool, the reciprocating mechanism having
a worm shaft having intersecting spiral grooves,
an engagement pin configured to engage the spiral grooves, and
a torque limiting mechanism configured to limit a rotational drive force which rotates the worm shaft,
at least a portion of the worm shaft being made of synthetic resin.

US Pat. No. 9,422,993

ROTOR COVER, ROTOR COOLING APPARATUS, AND TEMPERATURE-LEVEL INDICATOR

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle rotor cover comprising:
a mounting portion configured to be mounted on a bicycle hub assembly;
a cover portion configured to at least partially cover a bicycle disc brake rotor mounted on the bicycle hub assembly in a
state where the mounting portion is mounted on the bicycle hub assembly; and

an air intake provided on the cover portion to intake air into a space between the cover portion and the bicycle disc brake
rotor, the cover portion including a first outlet opening, the air intake including a first intake wall extending from the
cover portion to define a first inlet opening, the first intake wall connecting the first inlet opening to the first outlet
opening.

US Pat. No. 9,421,818

BICYCLE HUB AND BICYCLE WHEEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hub comprising:
a hub shell body; and
a plurality of spoke mounting projections disposed at one end portion of the hub shell body, each of the spoke mounting projections
including a first spoke receiving bore, a second spoke receiving bore, a first spoke abutment, a second spoke abutment, a
first circumferential side facing one of a clockwise direction and a counterclockwise direction with respect to a center rotational
axis of the bicycle hub, and a second circumferential side facing in an opposite direction from the first circumferential
side, the first and second spoke abutments facing a direction towards the second circumferential side,

the first circumferential side having a first spoke outlet for receiving a first spoke, the first spoke outlet having a first
longitudinal axis extending through the first spoke receiving bore, the first spoke receiving bore extending from the first
spoke outlet and having a first end adjacent the first spoke outlet and a second end adjacent the first spoke abutment that
is for abutting an end of the first spoke,

the first circumferential side further having a second spoke outlet for receiving a second spoke, the second spoke outlet
having a second longitudinal axis extending through the second spoke receiving bore, the first and second longitudinal axes
being non-parallel, the second spoke receiving bore extending from the second spoke outlet and having a first end adjacent
the second spoke outlet and a second end adjacent the second spoke abutment that is for abutting an end of the second spoke.

US Pat. No. 9,861,085

DUAL-BEARING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A dual-bearing reel, comprising:
a reel unit;
a spool configured to wind a fishing line rotatable with respect to the reel unit;
a spool shaft rotatably supported by the reel unit and being configured to be unitarily rotated with the spool; and
a brake device configured to brake the spool shaft,
the brake device including
a one-way clutch having a first inner race, a first outer race and a first rolling element, the one-way clutch being configured
to receive rotation of the spool shaft only in a fishing-line casting direction through the first outer race, the first inner
race being unitarily rotatable with the spool shaft, the first outer race being disposed on an outer peripheral side of the
first inner race and being rotatable with respect to the reel unit, the first rolling element being disposed between the first
inner race and the first outer race,

an operating member disposed on an outer peripheral side of a first end of the spool shaft, the operating member being engaged
with the reel unit so as to be movable in a spool shaft direction when being operated and rotated, and

a pressing member configured to press the first outer race in conjunction with movement of the operating member,
the first outer race being restricted from moving oppositely to the pressing member in the spool shaft direction with respect
to the reel unit.

US Pat. No. 9,809,276

ELECTRIC BICYCLE DERAILLEUR CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. An electric bicycle derailleur control system comprising:
a derailleur including a chain guide to displace a bicycle chain and an electrical actuator operatively coupled to the chain
guide to displace the chain guide;

a detecting device configured to detect information related to a reaction force of the bicycle chain; and
a controller configured to control the electrical actuator in accordance with the detected information such that a displacement
amount of the chain guide during a shifting operation is set in accordance with the reaction force.

US Pat. No. 9,334,910

LOCK MEMBER FOR FIXEDLY LOCKING A DISC BRAKE ROTOR ON A BICYCLE HUB

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A lock member for fixedly locking a disc brake rotor on a bicycle hub, the lock member comprising:
a base body;
a first engagement portion engaged with a first coupling surface, which is included in a coupling portion that couples a rotor
base body of the disc brake rotor to the bicycle hub; and

a second engagement portion engaged with a second coupling surface, which is included in the bicycle hub,
wherein at least one of the first and second engagement portions includes a flexible member that projects from the base body.

US Pat. No. 9,191,038

WIRELESS BICYCLE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND WIRELESS BICYCLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A wireless bicycle communication apparatus comprising:
an information receiver configured to receive first information and second information from a first bicycle component and
a second bicycle component, the first information relating to the first bicycle component, the second information relating
to the second bicycle component, the information receiver being configured to receive at least one of the first information
and the second information via an electrical communication wiring via which a power source voltage is supplied to the information
receiver; and

a wireless transmitter configured to periodically transmit wireless signals based on the first information and the second
information.

US Pat. No. 9,085,197

BICYCLE HUB KIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hub kit comprising:
a hub axle;
a hub shell rotatably supported to the hub axle;
a bearing unit rotatably supporting the hub shell relative to the hub axle, the bearing unit having a first ring that is coupled
to the hub axle, a second ring that is coupled to the hub shell, and a plurality of rollers that is disposed between the first
and second rings;

a retaining member coupled to the first ring of the bearing unit and retaining an axial position of the first ring of the
bearing unit with respect to the hub axle, the retaining member being disposed between the first ring of the bearing unit
and a first end nut or a second end nut; and

the first end nut having a first through hole and the second end nut having a second through hole, the first through hole
having a first inner diameter for receiving a first spindle having a first spindle diameter, the second through hole having
a second inner diameter for receiving a second spindle having a second spindle diameter, the second inner diameter of the
second through hole being smaller than the first inner diameter of the first through hole, the second spindle diameter being
smaller than the first spindle diameter,

the first and second end nuts being configured and arranged to be interchangeably coupled to an axle end of the hub axle to
accommodate one of the first and the second spindles.

US Pat. No. 9,840,294

CONTROLLING BICYCLE COMPONENT ACCORDING TO SEAT POSITION

Shimano Inc., Sakai-shi,...

1. A control device for controlling a bicycle component in accordance with a seat position of a bicycle seat, the control
device comprising:
a transmitter configured to transmit a signal relating to the seat position of the bicycle seat;
a mounting structure configured to detachably mount the transmitter to at least one of a bicycle seat post, a seat tube, and
the bicycle seat;

an operating member that moves in accordance with a telescopic movement of the bicycle seat post; and
an operated member that is movable relative to the operating member, the operated member being operated by the operating member
when the seat position is at a predetermined position to cause the transmitter to transmit the signal.

US Pat. No. 9,334,018

BICYCLE DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be attached to a bicycle;
a movable member configured to be movable with respect to the base member between a retracted position and an extended position
at which the movable member is farther from the base member than the retracted position;

a first link member including a first connecting portion pivotally coupled to the movable member about a first pivot axis,
the first link member being pivotally coupled to the base member about a second pivot axis; and

a second link member pivotally coupled to the movable member about a third pivot axis, the second link member being pivotally
coupled to the base member about a fourth pivot axis,

the first connecting portion at least partially overlapping with a part of the second link member extending between the third
pivot axis and the fourth pivot axis, as viewed in a direction parallel to the first pivot axis in a state in which the movable
member is disposed at one of the retracted position and the extended position.

US Pat. No. 9,150,275

HYDRAULIC CONNECTOR ARRANGEMENT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A hydraulic connector arrangement comprising:
a bicycle brake caliper configured to attach to a bicycle frame adjacent to a bicycle wheel;
a shaft member including a bicycle frame attachment section configured to extend through and attach to the bicycle frame,
a banjo supporting section, a banjo fixing member configured to abut the bicycle frame and bicycle brake caliper supporting
section attached to the bicycle brake caliper, the bicycle frame attachment section, the banjo supporting section and the
bicycle brake caliper supporting section all being formed integrally as a single one-piece element, the bicycle brake caliper
supporting section having a hydraulic passageway that extends from a distal end of the bicycle brake caliper supporting section
to the banjo supporting section, the banjo supporting section having an opening that extends from the hydraulic passageway
to an outer surface of the shaft member;

a banjo fitting rotatably extending around the banjo supporting section of the shaft member covering the opening; and
a first sealing member disposed between the shaft member and the banjo fitting and a second sealing member disposed between
the shaft member and the banjo fitting at the banjo supporting section on the opposite sides of the opening, the outer surface
of the shaft member including an annular surface that extends from the first sealing member to the second sealing member,
the hydraulic passageway having an inner surface defining an inner diameter and the shaft member defining a wall thickness
along the hydraulic passageway measured from the annular surface of the shaft member to the inner surface of the hydraulic
passageway, the wall thickness being greater than the inner diameter of the hydraulic passageway,

the banjo fixing member being located between the bicycle frame attachment section and the banjo supporting section retaining
the banjo fitting to the shaft member, the banjo fixing member having an outer diameter greater than the bicycle frame attachment
section and the banjo supporting section, the banjo fixing member being dimensioned to allow rotation of the banjo fitting
relative to the shaft member and the banjo fixing member.

US Pat. No. 9,086,138

BICYCLE SPROCKET

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:
a sprocket main body having a rotational axis;
a plurality of teeth disposed along a circumferential direction on a radially outer side of the sprocket main body, the plurality
of teeth including at least one first tooth and at least one second tooth; and

at least one projecting member attached to an axial surface of the at least one first tooth such that the at least one projecting
member overlaps the at least one first tooth in an axial direction as viewed parallel to the rotational axis, the at least
one projecting member being a different material from the plurality of teeth,

the at least one projecting member and the at least one first tooth defining a first chain engaging tooth width for engaging
with an outer link of a chain and the at least one second tooth defining a second chain engaging tooth width for engaging
with an inner link of the chain, the first chain engaging tooth width being greater than the second chain engaging tooth width,
the at least one second tooth being free of the at least one projecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,834,276

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control device comprising:
a housing member having an attachment part configured to be attached to a handlebar, and a grip part extending longitudinally
between a first end of the grip part and a second end of the grip part, the attachment pan being provided on the first end
of the grip part;

a control lever member pivotally provided with respect to the housing member, the control lever member having a first operating
lever pivotally mounted with respect to the housing member at a first axis, and a second operating lever pivotally mounted
with respect to the housing member at a second axis that is different from the first axis, the first operating lever being
further pivotally mounted with respect to the housing member at the second axis;

a shift-operating member supported by the housing member, the shift-operating member including a control cable attachment
pan that is configured to be coupled to a shifting device by a control cable, the first and second operating levers of the
control lever being configured to operate the shift-operating member upon selectively pivoting the first operating lever at
the second axis and selectively pivoting the second operating lever about the second axis; and

a hydraulic fluid pressure generator having a cylinder provided in the grip part of the housing member, and a piston movably
disposed within the cylinder by movement of the control lever member to generate fluid pressure for controlling a braking
device, the piston being operable by the first operating lever upon pivoting the first operating lever at the first pivot
axis, the cylinder being disposed closer to the second end of the grip part than to the shift-operating member and having
a cylinder axis, the first axis of the first operating lever being disposed below the cylinder axis when the bicycle control
device is in an installed position and mounted to the handlebar.

US Pat. No. 9,309,938

BICYCLE BRAKE CALIPER ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle brake caliper assembly comprising:
a brake caliper configured to apply a braking force on a brake disc rotor configured to be rotatable about a rotational axis,
the brake caliper having an attachment surface; and

a base structure having a first base surface, the base structure being configured to be coupled to the attachment surface
of the brake caliper and to be attached to a bicycle frame so as to arrange the brake caliper at one of a first installed
state at a first position and a second installed state at a second position, the second position being farther from the rotational
axis than the first position, the base structure being configured such that a relative angle defined between the attachment
surface of the brake caliper and the first base surface of the base structure differs between the first installed state and
the second installed state.

US Pat. No. 9,199,690

BICYCLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle suspension system comprising:
a control unit configured to obtain gear ratio information of a bicycle and configured to control an operating state of a
suspension of the bicycle based on the gear ratio information;

a velocity sensor configured to detect a forward velocity of the bicycle and output a signal indicative of the forward velocity
to the control unit; and

a cadence sensor configured to detect a cadence of the bicycle crank and output a signal indicative of the cadence to the
control unit,

the control unit being configured to obtain the gear ratio information based on the forward velocity and the cadence, and
to set the operating state of the suspension to at least one operating state based on the gear ratio information and based
on at least one predetermined condition of the gear ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,156,524

DERAILLEUR

SHIMANO INC., Osaka (JP)...

1. A derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be attached to a bicycle frame;
a movable member configured to be movable with respect to the base member between a retracted position and an extended position
at which the movable member is farther from the base member than the retracted position;

a link member configured to movably couple the movable member to the base member;
an additional link member configured to movably couple the movable member to the base member, the additional link member being
a separate member from the link member and the movable member; and

a biasing mechanism configured to bias the link member such that the movable member is disposed at one of the retracted position
and the extended position, the biasing mechanism comprising:

a biasing member having a first end portion; and
an intermediate member separately provided from the movable member, the link member, and the additional link member so as
to transmit biasing force of the biasing member from the first end portion to one of the movable member and the link member
through the intermediate member.

US Pat. No. 9,862,454

BICYCLE CRANK ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle crank assembly having a rotational center axis, the bicycle crank assembly comprising:
a crank member rotatably arranged around the rotational center axis;
a sprocket member integrally and rotatably attached to the crank member;
a sliding mechanism movably coupled to the sprocket member and being slideable with respect to the crank member in an axial
direction between a first end point and a second end point;

a first stopper member attached to the crank member;
a second stopper member attached to the sprocket member, the first stopper member being disposed on the first end point and
the second stopper member being disposed on the second end point; and

a damping member attached to at least one of the first stopper member and the second stopper member and configured to contact
the other of the first stopper member and the second stopper member due to the sliding mechanism sliding between the first
and second end points.

US Pat. No. 9,592,879

SHIFT POSITIONING MECHANISM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A shift positioning mechanism comprising:
a fixed member;
a take-up member movably arranged with respect to the fixed member in a first direction and a second direction that is different
from the first direction;

a positioning ratchet fixedly coupled to the take-up member to move with the take-up member;
a stopping pawl having a stopping tooth and rotatably mounted on a first rotational axis such that the stopping tooth moves
between a non-stop position and a stop position to prevent movement of the take-up member in the first direction; and

a positioning pawl having a positioning tooth and rotatably mounted on the first rotational axis such that the positioning
tooth moves between a non-holding position and a holding position to hold the take-up member in the first direction; and

a releasing member movably arranged between a non-releasing position and a releasing position such that the releasing member
rotates the stopping pawl and the positioning pawl,

the releasing member rotating the stopping pawl and the positioning pawl such that the stopping tooth starts to move from
the non-stop position to the stop position prior to the positioning tooth starting to move from the holding position to the
non-holding position, and

the releasing member including a first contact portion that contacts the stopping pawl when the releasing member is in the
releasing position and a second contact portion that contacts the positioning pawl when the releasing member is in the releasing
position, the first contact portion being located farther from the positioning ratchet than the second contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,505,463

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control device comprising:
a housing member having an attachment part configured to be attached to a handlebar, and a grip part extending longitudinally
between a first end of the grip part and a second end of the grip part, the attachment part being provided on the first end
of the grip part;

a control lever member pivotally provided with respect to the housing member;
a shift-operating mechanism provided in the housing member, the shift-operating mechanism configured to be coupled to a shifting
device by a control cable; and

a hydraulic fluid pressure generator having a cylinder, a piston movably disposed within the cylinder by movement of the control
lever member to generate fluid pressure for controlling a braking device, a piston position adjustment mechanism adjustably
coupling an operating lever of the control lever member to the piston, the piston position adjustment mechanism being configured
to change an initial position of the piston with respect to the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 9,487,268

BICYCLE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle transmission apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to control at least one transmission device in accordance with a transmission route in response to
a shift signal, the controller being configured to select one of a plurality of predetermined routes as the transmission route
based on bicycle information relating to a running condition of a bicycle.

US Pat. No. 9,295,241

FISHING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A fishing reel comprising:
a reel unit;
a handle shaft being rotatably supported by the reel unit, the handle shaft including an engaging portion, an anti-loosening
engaging portion and a male threaded portion on a tip portion thereof;

a handle arm extending from a first end portion thereof to a second end portion thereof in a direction intersecting wit, h
the handle shaft, the handle arm including an elongated hole in the first end portion thereof, the elongated hole extending
in the direction, the engaging portion of the handle shaft being inserted in the elongated hole such that the engaging portion
engages the handle arm and the handle shaft is non-rotatably engaged with the handle arm, a position of the shaft in the elongated
hole being adjustable;

a handle knob being rotatably attached to the second end portion of the handle arm;
a nut member including a female threaded portion, the female thread portion being screwed onto the male threaded portion of
the handle shaft; and

an anti-loosening member being configured on the nut member, the anti-loosening member being selectively set in a first position
and a second position,

the anti-loosening member being engaged with the anti-loosening engaging portion in the first position to prevent the nut
member from loosening,

the anti-loosening member being disengaged from the anti-loosening engaging portion in the second position to allow the nut
member to rotate in the loosening direction.

US Pat. No. 9,255,624

BICYCLE CHAIN

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle chain comprising:
a first outer link plate comprising:
a first end portion including a first opening having a first center axis;
a second end portion including a second opening having a second center axis; and
a first intermediate portion interconnecting the first end portion and the second end portion, the first end portion, the
second end portion and the first intermediate portion defining a first outer peripheral edge comprising:

a first end edge extending about the first end portion;
a second end edge extending about the second end portion;
a pair of first intermediate edges extending along the first intermediate portion between the first end edge and the second
end edge; and

a first recessed edge provided between the first end edge and one of the first intermediate edges,
a first minimum distance defined between the first center axis and the first recessed edge being smaller than a first outer-link
distance defined from the first center axis to the first end edge when viewed from an axial direction parallel to the first
center axis.

US Pat. No. 9,221,517

BICYCLE REAR HUB

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear hub comprising:
a hub spindle;
a drive part rotatably supported on the hub spindle, and configured to receive a driving-force-input member;
a hub shell rotatably supported on the hub spindle and operatively coupled to the drive part for rotation by the drive part
on the hub spindle;

at least one first opposed part coupled to the drive part;
at least one second opposed part coupled to the hub shell and being disposed oppose to the first opposed part with a gap therebetween;
and

a driving force measuring part including at least one sensor arranged to measure at least one of the gap between the first
and second opposed parts and a displacement of the gap.

US Pat. No. 9,090,178

BICYCLE CONTROL APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control apparatus for controlling a bicycle having a crank, an electric motor for riding assistance, and a transmission
in which a first rotational force of the crank and a second rotational force of an electric riding assistance motor for riding
assistance are transmitted to a rear sprocket, the bicycle control apparatus comprising:
a rotational force detector configured to detect the first rotational force imparted to the crank; and
a controller programmed to
reduce the second rotational force of the electric riding assistance motor to actuate the transmission of the bicycle in accordance
with the first rotational force detected by the rotational force detector,

control the second rotational force outputted by the electric riding assistance motor so that a combined rotational force
imparted to the rear sprocket is equal to or less than a prescribed value, the combined rotational force being a sum of the
first rotational force and the second rotational force,

set the prescribed value in relation to a maximum value at which transmission can shift gears, where the transmission is provided
to the rear sprocket of the bicycle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,649

MAGNETIC SEAL DEVICE AND FISHING REEL INCLUDING THE SEAL DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. A magnetic seal device comprising:a magnetic sleeve having a cylindrical body and fitting on an outer peripheral surface of a rotatable shaft,
a ring shaped magnet being arranged radially outwardly from an outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve with a gap, and forming a magnetic circuit between the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve and the ring shaped magnet, and
a magnetic fluid being maintained at the gap,
wherein the magnetic sleeve includes
a groove arranged circumferentially around the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve, and
a flange extending radially outwardly from and circumferentially around the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve, wherein the flange has a diameter that is larger than a diameter of the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve, and
a ring shaped absorbing member that is arranged to face the groove or the flange, wherein the absorbing member is configured to absorb the magnetic fluid.

US Pat. No. 9,826,726

TORQUE LIMITING DEVICE FOR FISHING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A torque limiting device for a fishing reel configured to limit torque to be transmitted to a level winding mechanism for
reciprocating a fishing line guide member along a rotational shaft of a spool in conjunction with rotation of the spool, comprising:
a shaft member rotatable by the torque;
a first cam portion rotatably mounted to the shaft member;
a second cam portion mounted to the shaft member so as to be unitarily rotatable therewith and movable along an axial direction
of the shaft member, the second cam portion being configured to enable torque transmission between the first cam portion and
the second cam portion when engaged with the first cam portion so as to be unitarily rotatable therewith, the second cam portion
being configured to disable torque transmission between the first cam portion and the second cam portion when disengaged and
separated away from the first cam portion along the axial direction; and

an urging member urging the second cam portion toward the first cam portion.

US Pat. No. 9,555,856

ELECTRIC FRONT DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. An electric front derailleur comprising:
a base member including a bicycle mounting portion;
a movable member being movable with respect to the base member;
a driving unit operatively coupled to the movable member to move the movable member with respect to the base member; and
a controller programmed to selectively operate the driving unit with one of a first mode which moves the movable member between
a first end position and a second end position and a second mode which moves the movable member between a third end position
and a fourth end position, and the controller being programmed to operate the driving unit to select a stop position of the
movable member among only a first stop position, a second stop position and a third stop position while in the first mode,
and the controller being programmed to operate the driving unit to select a stop position of the movable member between only
a fourth stop position and a fifth stop position while in the second mode,

at least one of the third end position and the fourth end position differing from the first end position and the second end
position, and a first distance between the first and second stop positions differing from a second distance between the second
and third stop positions.

US Pat. No. 9,510,576

SPINNING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A spinning reel for forwardly casting a fishing line, comprising:
a reel body unit;
a spool shaft having a distal end and being supported by the reel body unit so as to be movable longitudinally;
a spool including a line winding cylinder part having a front side, and a front flange disposed on the front side of the line
winding cylinder part and being attached to the spool shaft, the line winding cylinder part being configured to have the fishing
line wound to an outside thereof, the front flange comprising a flange portion and a connecting portion, and at least one
of the flange portion and the connecting portion comprising a projection, a distal end portion of the projection being bent
toward the spool shaft;

a drag mechanism comprising a braking member housed inside of the spool and being configured to brake a rotation of the spool,
and a drag adjuster attached to the distal end of the spool shaft and being configured to adjust a frictional coupling force
of the braking member; and

a seal member having a drag adjuster side and being configured to be elastically deformed, the seal member protruding from
the drag adjuster side toward the front flange so as to seal a space formed between the front flange and the drag adjuster,
and being configured to abut the front flange.

US Pat. No. 9,403,512

HYDRAULIC BRAKE CONTROL APPARATUS

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A hydraulic brake control apparatus comprising:
a body portion having a first section configured to fit within an interior of a bar opening of a handlebar and a second section
configured to be mounted outside of the interior of the bar opening;

a hydraulic brake control mechanism including a hydraulic brake pressure cylinder having a piston chamber therein, at least
a portion of said hydraulic brake control mechanism being housed within said first section of said body portion; and

a lever portion connected to said body portion and configured to actuate said hydraulic brake control mechanism,
wherein said body portion includes a port fluidly connected to said piston chamber by a conduit, said port being provided
on said second section of said body portion and said conduit extending into the first section of the body portion within the
interior of the bar opening in order to allow bleeding of air from within said piston chamber when said body portion is mounted
to the bar opening, said port having an end opening arranged radially and axially outside of the handlebar having the bar
opening.

US Pat. No. 9,334,014

BICYCLE SPROCKET AND BICYCLE SPROCKET ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket having a rotational center axis, the bicycle sprocket comprising:
a sprocket body having an axial width defined in an axial direction parallel to the rotational center axis; and
a chain engagement structure arranged on a radially outer periphery of the sprocket body, the chain engagement structure including:
at least one shifting facilitation area configured to facilitate changing gears; and
a plurality of chain-engaging teeth including at least two neighboring chain-engaging teeth each including a chain-engaging
portion configured to engage with a bicycle chain, the chain-engaging portion having an axial chain-engaging width defined
in the axial direction, the axial chain-engaging width being larger than the axial width of the sprocket body, the chain-engaging
portion being configured to face a link plate of the bicycle chain in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,284,016

BICYCLE COMPONENT CONTROL APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle component control apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to output a first actuation signal to operate a first electrical bicycle component in response to
receiving a first signal from a first input member, to output a second actuation signal to operate a second electrical bicycle
component in response to receiving a second signal from a second input member, to store predetermined priority information
indicating priority ranks for operating the first and second electrical bicycle components, and to receive a change of the
predetermined priority information by a user,

the controller being configured to control the first and second electrical bicycle components based on the predetermined priority
information such that

when the predetermined priority information is such that operation of the first electrical bicycle component has a higher
priority rank than operation of the second electrical bicycle component, the controller prohibits outputting the second actuation
signal to the second electrical bicycle component in response to receiving the second signal from the second input member
if the first electrical bicycle component is being operated by the first actuation signal in response to receiving the first
signal, and

when the predetermined priority information is such that operation of the second electrical bicycle component has a higher
priority rank than operation of the first electrical bicycle component, the controller prohibits outputting the first actuation
signal to the first electrical bicycle component in response to receiving the first signal from the first input member if
the second electrical bicycle component is being operated by the second actuation signal in response to receiving the second
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,242,692

COMPRESSION RING AND HEAD PARTS

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. A compression ring that is configured to be disposed between a bearing and a stem of a bicycle head parts assembly, the
compression ring comprising:
a central opening for receiving a steering column,
a cut out portion,
a first cable passing part disposed radially outwardly from the central opening, and
a first positioning part for positioning the compression ring with respect to the stem so that the first cable passing part
is aligned with a second cable passing part defined in the stem, wherein the first positioning part is configured to prevent
the compression ring from rotating with respect to the stem, and wherein the central opening defines a central axis, and wherein
the first positioning part is not co-axial with the central axis.

US Pat. No. 9,228,643

CHAIN TENSIONING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A chain tensioning device comprising:
a main body having a first end and a second end, the first end being configured to be mounted to a bicycle;
a chain guide including at least one chain cage plate and at least one pulley, the at least one chain cage plate being pivotally
coupled to the second end of the main body to rotate around a rotational axis with respect to the main body; and

a rotary fluid damper unit operatively connected between the main body and the chain guide to provide rotational resistance
to the chain guide around the rotational axis, the rotary fluid damper unit including an outer member defining a fluid cavity
and an inner member at least a portion of which is rotatably disposed within the fluid cavity of the outer member, one of
the outer member and the inner member being detachably mounted on the main body and the other of the outer member and the
inner member being non-rotatably coupled to the chain guide, the outer member and the inner member being separate pieces from
the main body and the chain guide.

US Pat. No. 9,216,794

FRONT DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

18. A front derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be fixedly coupled to a bicycle to install the front derailleur on the bicycle;
a chain guide configured to guide a chain, the chain guide having an upstream end and a downstream end, the downstream end
being disposed forward of the upstream end in a longitudinal direction of the bicycle while the front derailleur is in an
installed state on the bicycle;

a link mechanism movably coupling the chain guide to the base member between a retracted position and an extended position
in response to a movement of an operation cable, the link mechanism including a cable attachment portion that is configured
to be attached to the operation cable; and

a cable guiding structure configured to guide the operation cable from the cable attachment portion, the cable guiding structure
being disposed on at least one of the base member and the link mechanism, the cable guiding structure having a cable exit
that is arranged forward of the downstream end of the chain guide in a longitudinal direction of the bicycle while the front
derailleur is in an installed state on the bicycle, the cable exit being arranged above a bottom bracket of the bicycle while
the front derailleur is in an installed state on the bicycle.

US Pat. No. 9,089,183

BICYCLE CLEAT POSITIONING KIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle cleat positioning kit comprising:
a reference indicating instrument including a shoe reference indicator with respect to a bicycle shoe; and
a cleat adjusting instrument including a cleat adjusting indicator indicative of an adjustment amount of a cleat with respect
to the shoe reference indicator of the reference indicating instrument,

at least a part of the reference indicating instrument being overlaid on the cleat adjusting instrument while the reference
indicating instrument is attached to the bicycle shoe and the cleat adjusting instrument is attached to the cleat.

US Pat. No. 9,090,304

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control device comprising:
a base member including a handlebar mounting structure;
an operating member movably mounted relative to the base member from a rest position along an operating path; and
a force sensor being operated by physical contact by movement of the operating member along the operating path, the force
sensor being configured to output a first signal upon the operation force of the first operating member reaching a first prescribed
force, the force sensor being further configured to output a second signal upon the operation force of the operating member
reaching a second prescribed force that is greater than the first prescribed force.

US Pat. No. 9,593,764

BICYCLE COMPONENT OPERATING APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle component operating apparatus comprising:
at least one operating member movably supported on a base member from a rest position to an operated position, and
a controller configured to electrically adjust the operated position of the at least one operating member for starting operation
of at least one bicycle component,

wherein the controller includes a user setting that is selected by a user as the operated position.

US Pat. No. 9,555,857

BICYCLE FRONT DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle front derailleur comprising:
a base member including a bicycle mounting portion;
a movable member movably supported with respect to the base member between a first position and a second position that is
farther than the first position from the base member;

an electric driving unit operatively coupled to the movable member to move the movable member between the first position and
the second position; and

a biasing member operatively disposed between the base member and the movable member to bias the movable member towards the
second position.

US Pat. No. 9,522,714

BICYCLE OPERATING SYSTEM

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating system comprising:
an operating device configured to be mounted to a bicycle body, the operating device including
an operating switch,
a signal controller configured to generate a pairing demand signal in response to an input operation of the operating switch,
and

a wireless transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit the pairing demand signal to a bicycle component to establish a wireless
communication with the bicycle component.

US Pat. No. 9,493,209

BICYCLE PEDAL, CLEAT AND BICYCLE PEDAL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle pedal that is detachable and engageable with a cleat that can be attached to a shoe, the bicycle pedal comprising:
a pedal shaft having a rotational center axis;
a pedal main body haying a first surface and a second surface, the second surface being on an opposite side of the first surface,
and the pedal main body being rotatably supported by the pedal shaft around the rotational center axis, and

a clamp part comprising a first cleat clamping portion, a second cleat clamping portion and a third cleat clamping portion
that detachably retain the cleat on at least the first surface of the pedal main body,

the third cleat clamping portion being spaced away from the second cleat clamping portion in a direction along the rotational
center axis,

the pedal shaft extending between the first cleat clamping portion and the second cleat clamping portion,
the second and third cleat clamping portions being disposed on a same side with respect to the pedal shaft,
the third cleat clamping portion being disposed between the first cleat clamping portion and the second cleat clamping portion
as seen from the direction along the rotational center axis, and

the third cleat clamping portion is disposed in a position that straddles the rotational center axis as seen from a direction
that is perpendicular to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,493,210

ELECTRIC POWER STORAGE HOLDER

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. An electric power storage holder for insertion in a seat tube and for holding an electric power storage member, the electric
power storage holder comprising:
a restricting section configured to contact an end edge of an open end section of a seat tube to restrict axial movement of
the holder in one of axial directions of the seat tube, the one of the axial directions being a direction in which the seat
tube extends; and

a holding section that holds the electric power storage member, the holding section being formed by a first member having
a first contacting section that contacts the electric power storage member, and a second member having a second contacting
section that removably engages with the first member and that contacts the electric power storage member,

the restricting section comprising a first projecting section of the first member and a second projecting section of the first
member, the first projecting section configured to protrude from an external surface of the first member and the second projecting
section configured to protrude from an external surface of the second member.

US Pat. No. 9,434,443

CABLE OPERATING MECHANISM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A cable operating mechanism comprising:
a fixed member;
a wire takeup member movably mounted relative to the fixed member,
a single position maintaining abutment non-movably mounted directly on and directly fixed to the wire takeup member with no
relative movement therebetween, the single position maintaining abutment and the wire takeup member moving together as a unit
relative to the fixed member during a wire releasing operation; and

a positioning member pivotally mounted relative to the fixed member, the positioning member having a plurality of positioning
abutments that selectively engage the single position maintaining abutment to position the wire takeup member in one of a
plurality of predetermined wire positions corresponding to rest positions of the wire takeup member.

US Pat. No. 9,400,037

BICYCLE CHAIN TENSIONER

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle chain tensioner comprising:
a bicycle mounting bracket configured to be mounted to a bicycle; and
a chain tensioning element slidably coupled to the bicycle mounting bracket by a first coupling structure to linearly slide
in a lateral direction, and movably coupled to the bicycle mounting bracket by a second coupling structure to move in a direction
different from the lateral direction, during operation of the bicycle chain tensioner.

US Pat. No. 9,370,173

SPINNING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A spinning reel for forwardly releasing a fishing line, comprising:
a reel body having a through-hole disposed in a rear portion thereof;
a handle rotatably mounted to the reel body and configured to rotate so as to wind the fishing line;
a spool shaft having a front end portion, being disposed on the reel body, and being configured to move in a longitudinal
direction of the reel body;

a spool disposed on the front end portion of the spool shaft, and being configured to have the fishing line wound on an outer
periphery thereof;

a rotor disposed on an outer peripheral side of the spool;
a rotor driving mechanism configured to transfer rotation of the handle to the rotor and rotate the rotor in conjunction with
the rotation of the handle; and

an oscillating mechanism configured to rotate in conjunction with the handle and cause the spool to reciprocally move back
and forth via the spool shaft,

the oscillating mechanism comprising
a threaded shaft having a spiral groove crossing an outer peripheral portion thereof and being configured to rotate in conjunction
with the rotation of the handle,

a slider connected to the spool shaft so as to enable the slider and the spool shaft to move as a unit in the axial direction,
being engaged with the spiral groove of the threaded shaft, and being configured to reciprocate in conjunction with rotation
of the threaded shaft,

a guide shaft having a rear end disposed in the through-hole arranged in the rear portion of the reel body, and being locked
so as to prevent the shaft from disconnecting from by the reel body, and being configured to guide the reciprocation of the
slider, and

an annular elastic member disposed in between the through-hole and the guide shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,365,261

COMPOSITE BICYCLE COMPONENT, COMPOSITE BICYCLE CRANK ARM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE BICYCLE COMPONENT

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A composite bicycle component comprising:
a first member made of metallic material, the first member including
a first base portion,
a first side wall portion extending from the first base portion, and
a second side wall portion extending from the first base portion and being spaced apart from the first side wall portion in
a first direction;

a second member made of non-metallic material, the first and second members being configured to form an interior cavity therebetween
in a state where the first and second members are attached to each other, the second member including

a second base portion spaced apart from the first base portion in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction,
a third side wall portion extending from the second base portion and being provided between the first side wall portion and
the second side wall portion in the first direction, and

a fourth side wall portion extending from the second base portion and being spaced apart from the third side wall portion
in the first direction, the fourth side wall portion being provided between the first side wall portion and the second side
wall portion in the first direction, the interior cavity being provided only directly between the third side wall portion
and the fourth side wall portion when viewed along the first direction;

a bonding member configured to attach the first and second members to each other;
a first connecting member disposed in the interior cavity and configured to be connected to a crank axle;
a second connecting member disposed in the interior cavity and configured to be connected to a pedal; and
an inner holding member configured to be disposed only within the interior cavity between the first connecting member and
the second connecting member so as to prevent the first and second members from being separated from each other until completion
of attaching the first and second members to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,347,505

DISC BRAKE CALIPER AND BASE MEMBER

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

12. A disc brake caliper comprising:
a caliper main-body including:
a facing surface configured to face a mounting portion of a bicycle frame;
a recess configured to arrange a piston such that the piston moves in a first direction; and
an attachment hole that receives a banjo fitting bolt having a fluid passage therein, the attachment hole extending in a second
direction which is non-parallel to the first direction and which is perpendicular to the facing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,327,795

OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. An operating device configured to be attached to a handlebar of a bicycle, the operating device comprising:
a first operating unit including a first input part and a fixing part configured to be fixed on the handlebar; and
a second operating unit including a main body and a second input part, the main body formed into an annular shape and configured
to receive the handlebar therein, the main body being detachably attached to the first operating unit, the second input part
being movably supported on the main body such that the second input part moves with respect to the main body and rotates around
a longitudinal centerline of the handlebar, the second operating unit being adjustably attached in a direction around the
longitudinal centerline of the handlebar with respect to the first operating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,290,236

BICYCLE FRONT DERAILLEUR

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle front derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be attached to a bicycle frame,
a chain guide configured to engage a chain,
a connecting structure that connects the chain guide to the base member such that the chain guide can move relative to the
base member,

an attachment structure detachably attaching the chain guide to the connecting structure, wherein the attachment structure
includes a first attachment member that includes a first part and a second part, wherein one of the chain guide and the connecting
structure is clamped between the first part and the second part, wherein the first part includes a tool engagement portion
that faces an outside of the chain guide, wherein the first part of the first attachment member includes a shaft portion and
a head portion and the second part of the first attachment member includes a head portion and a cylindrical portion having
an end surface, wherein the head portion and the end surface are located on opposite ends of the cylindrical portion, wherein
the shaft portion of the first part is threadingly received in the cylindrical portion of the second part so as to clamp the
one of the chain guide and the connecting structure between the head portion of the first part and the end surface of the
cylindrical portion of the second part, the cylindrical portion of the second part having a constant outer diameter extending
from the head portion of the second part to the end surface of the cylindrical portion when the first part is threadingly
received in the second part, wherein the first part of the attachment structure can be detachably attached from the second
part, and wherein detachably attached comprises threadingly disengaging the shaft portion of the first part from the cylindrical
portion of the second part and then threadingly reengaging the same shaft portion of the first part with the cylindrical portion
of the second part, wherein the head portion of the first part of the first attachment member includes a protruding portion,
wherein the cylindrical portion of the second part of the first attachment member includes a non-threaded portion that has
a diameter that is larger than the shaft portion of the first part, and wherein the protruding portion is received in the
non-threaded portion.

US Pat. No. 9,248,885

DERAILLEUR

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be attached to a bicycle frame;
a chain guide comprising:
a first member including a first guide portion and a first connecting portion, the first guide portion being contactable with
a bicycle chain, the first connecting portion protruding from the first guide portion and being integrally provided with the
first guide portion as a single unitary member, the first connecting portion being bent from the first guide portion; and

a second member including a second guide portion and a second connecting portion, the second guide portion being contactable
with the bicycle chain, the second connecting portion protruding from the second guide portion toward the first guide portion
to overlap the first connecting portion, the second connecting portion being integrally provided with the second guide portion
as a single unitary member, the second connecting portion being bent from the second guide portion;

a link member configured to movably couple the chain guide to the base member; and
a shaft member configured to couple the first connecting portion to the second connecting portion and configured to rotatably
couple the chain guide to the link member.

US Pat. No. 9,227,692

HYDRAULIC BICYCLE COMPONENT SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A hydraulic bicycle component system comprising:
a hydraulic component having a fluid path filled with hydraulic fluid, the hydraulic component being configured to be coupled
to a hydraulic hose, the hydraulic component including

a hydraulic component body having a hose connection bore opened in an external surface of the hydraulic component body, a
chamber disposed inside the hydraulic component body, and a port disposed inside the hydraulic component body between the
hose connection bore and the chamber to provide fluid communication between the hose connection bore and the chamber, the
hose connection bore, the chamber, and the port forming at least a portion of the fluid path,

a rupturing insert attached to the port, the rupturing insert including a tubular end section, a tubular body section, and
an annular flange section disposed between the tubular end section and the tubular body section, the tubular end section protruding
into the hose connection bore, the tubular body section being inserted into the port such that the annular flange section
abuts against a periphery of the port on the hose connection bore-side of the port,

a connector detachably attached to the hydraulic component body, the connector including a threaded fitting threadedly attached
to an internally threaded portion of the hose connection bore and a tabular bushing arranged inside the hose connection bore
between the threaded fitting and the rupturing insert; and

a first seal arranged on the threaded fitting of the connector to seal an end of the fluid path of the hydraulic component.

US Pat. No. 9,227,694

BICYCLE DRIVE UNIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle drive unit comprising:
a crank axle rotatable about a first rotational axis;
a motor having an output shaft rotatable about a second rotational axis;
an output member rotatable about the first rotational axis in a first rotational direction as the crank axle rotates about
the first rotational axis in the first rotational direction, and rotatable about the first rotational axis in a second rotational
direction as the crank axle rotates about the first rotational axis in the second rotational direction, the second rotational
direction being opposite the first rotational direction, and

a torque combining mechanism operatively coupling the output shaft of the motor to the output member to transmit rotation
of the output shaft of the motor to the output member, the torque combining mechanism being configured to operatively separate
the output shaft of the motor from the output member for preventing rotation of the crank axle from being transmitted to the
output shaft of the motor as the crank axle rotates about the first rotational axis in the second rotational direction.

US Pat. No. 9,226,486

SPINNING REEL AND SPINNING REEL SPOOL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A spinning reel spool that delivers fishing line forward, the spool comprising:
a spool body having a body portion and a protruding portion integrally formed on a front side of the body portion as a one
piece structure, the protruding portion protruding from the body portion in an axial direction of the spool body, and

a ring member disposed on an outer circumferential surface of the protruding portion, the ring member being held between the
body portion and a plastically deformed part of the protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,199,688

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control device comprising:
a main support shaft;
a clamp configured to be coupled to a handlebar of a bicycle;
a first control unit including a first wire takeup element rotatably mounted on the main support shaft, a first positioning
structure operatively coupled to the first wire takeup element to selectively maintain the first wire takeup element in one
of at least two positions, and a first operating member operatively coupled to the first positioning structure to change a
current position of the first wire takeup element; and

a second control unit including a spring member, a second wire takeup element rotatably mounted on the main support shaft,
a second positioning structure operatively coupled to the second wire takeup element to selectively maintain the second wire
takeup element in one of at least two positions, and a second operating member operatively coupled to the second positioning
structure to change a current position of the second wire takeup element, the second operating member being disposed between
the first operating member and the clamp in an axial direction of the main support shaft,

the first wire takeup element being stationary when the second operating member is operated to change the current position
of the second wire takeup element such that the current position of the first wire takeup element always remains the same
in response to operation of the second operating member,

the second operating member including a lever member with a movement transmitting pin, the lever member being configured to
be biased by a force exerted by the spring member in a first direction to a first lever position, and being movable between
the first lever position and a second lever position in a second direction opposite the first direction, and

the second positioning structure including a lock member with a cam groove, the lock member being configured to pivot about
a pivot axis of the lock member in response to a movement of the lever member, the cam groove of the lock member selectively
receiving the movement transmitting pin, the can groove of the lock member engaging the movement transmitting pin to retain
the lever member in the second lever position when the lever member is in the second lever position, the movement transmitting
pin being free from engagement with the lock member when the lever member is in the first lever position, and the movement
transmitting pin moving closer to the pivot axis of the lock member as the lever member moves from the first lever position
to the second lever position.

US Pat. No. 9,193,416

BICYCLE SPROCKET SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear sprocket support assembly comprising:
a sprocket support body having a tubular shaped part with an exterior surface and an interior surface arranged around a center
longitudinal axis, the sprocket support body including one of a clutch pawl support section and a clutch engagement structure,
the one of the clutch pawl support section and the clutch engagement structure being integrated with the sprocket support
body as a one-piece, unitary member and being configured to engage a one-way clutch;

a first sprocket support member integrated with the exterior surface of the sprocket support body as a one-piece, unitary
member and projecting radially from the exterior surface of the sprocket support body; and

at least first and second sprockets fixed to the first sprocket support member by at least one fastener with the first and
second sprockets being supported at axially spaced apart locations along the center longitudinal axis of the sprocket support
body, the first and second sprockets being located on opposite axially facing sides of the first sprocket support member.

US Pat. No. 9,187,150

BICYCLE COMPONENT CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle component control device comprising:
a bracket having a gripping portion, and a mounting surface disposed on a proximal end portion;
a mechanical shifting unit operatively mounted on the bracket and configured to operate a gear shifting device by pulling
and releasing a shift cable; and

a hydraulic brake unit operatively mounted on the bracket and configured to operate a hydraulic brake device, the hydraulic
brake unit including a master cylinder fixedly disposed inside of the gripping portion of the bracket so as to remain stationary
with respect to the bracket during a braking operation, the master cylinder being disposed above the mechanical shifting unit,

the bracket including a first part and a second part, the second part being configured to detachably attach to the first part
such that the first part and the second part cover the mechanical shifting unit,

the first and second parts of the bracket defining an interior space with the mechanical shifting unit being disposed in the
interior space of the bracket, and the mechanical shifting unit having a shift lever protruding out of the interior space
of the bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,095,129

SPOOL BRAKE DEVICE FOR DUAL-BEARING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A spool brake device for a dual-bearing reel, the spool brake device configured to brake a spool capable of winding thereabout
a fishing line having a terminal tackle attached to a tip thereof, the spool brake device comprising:
a spool braking part configured to electrically brake the spool in releasing the fishing line;
a spool controlling part configured to electrically control the spool braking part;
a rotational speed detecting part configured to detect a rotational speed of the spool;
a tension detecting part configured to calculate tension based on an output from the rotational speed detecting part; and
a water landing determining part configured to brake the spool in a predetermined timing after starting of casting with a
braking force greater than a predetermined braking force, and to determine whether or not the terminal tackle is in a water
landing state in accordance with a detection result of the rotational speed after releasing of braking,

the water landing state indicating that the terminal tackle is in water.

US Pat. No. 9,056,651

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control device comprising:
a base member;
an operating member movably mounted relative to the base member along an operating path;
a detecting member being configured to detect movement of the operating member; and
a switching member electrically connected to the detecting member, the switching member being operated to switch the detecting
member from a power-off state to a power-on state in response to movement of the operating member along the operating path.

US Pat. No. 10,130,085

SPOOL BRAKE DEVICE FOR DUAL-BEARING REEL

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. A spool brake device for a dual-bearing reel, the spool brake device comprising:a spool brake configured to electrically brake a spool during a releasing of a fishing line by applying a braking force to the spool;
a rotation detector configured to electrically detect a rotation of the spool; and
a spool controller configured
to determine whether a terminal tackle has landed on water based on an output from the rotation detector after a starting of a casting, and to control the spool brake such that the braking force is maintained at a magnitude when a determination that the terminal tackle has landed on water, the magnitude equal to a magnitude of the braking force at a point of time the determination is made that the terminal tackle has landed on water.

US Pat. No. 9,656,720

BICYCLE PEDAL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle pedal comprising:
a pedal shaft;
a pedal body having a first end and a second end, with the pedal shaft being rotatably coupled to the pedal body;
a front cleat retainer disposed on the first end of the pedal body, the front cleat retainer having a downwardly facing first
cleat retaining surface and a forward cleat stopping point facing towards the second end of the pedal body;

a rear cleat retainer having a mounting flange and a rear clamping portion, the mounting flange being pivotally coupled to
the second end of the pedal body by a pivot pin for pivotal movement about a rear pivot axis defined by the pivot pin, the
pivot pin extending through the mounting flange and through the second end of the pedal body, the rear clamping portion having
a downwardly facing second cleat retaining surface and a rear cleat step-in point facing away from the pedal body, the mounting
flange and the rear clamping portion being free of any pivot points therebetween; and

a rear biasing element operatively disposed between the pedal body and the rear cleat retainer to bias the rear clamping portion
to a first position,

the forward cleat stopping point, the rear pivot axis and the rear cleat step-in point are arranged to define a triangle with
a first side of the triangle interconnecting the forward cleat stopping point and the rear cleat step-in point, a second side
of the triangle interconnecting the rear cleat step-in point and the rear pivot axis, and a third side of the triangle interconnecting
the forward cleat stopping point and the rear pivot axis, with the triangle having an interior angle between the first and
second sides of the triangle with the rear clamping portion in the first position, the interior angle being within the range
of 52 degrees and 72 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,598,139

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:
a mounting clamp configured to be mounted to a bicycle tube member and comprising:
a first radius portion defining a first inner radius;
a second radius portion defining a second inner radius different from the first inner radius; and
a clamp opening through which the bicycle tube member is to extend, the clamp opening being defined by the first radius portion
and the second radius portion;

an adapter member configured to be provided between the second radius portion and the bicycle tube member in a state where
the mounting clamp is mounted to the bicycle tube member; and

a restricting structure provided on the second radius portion and configured to restrict relative movement between the second
radius portion and the adapter member at least in a circumferential direction of the second radius portion.

US Pat. No. 9,592,880

BICYCLE OPERATING APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating apparatus comprising:
a base member;
a ratchet having at least one ratchet tooth and being rotatably disposed with respect to the base member to rotate around
a ratchet axis in a first direction and in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction, and the ratchet being
biased in the first direction;

a first pawl member movably disposed with respect to the base member between a first position and a second position;
a first operating member operatively coupled to the first pawl member to move the first pawl member from the first position
to the second position,

the first pawl member comprises
a pawl portion engaged with the at least one ratchet tooth while the first pawl member is in the second position to regulate
rotation of the ratchet in the first direction,

a first support portion disposed at a distance from the pawl portion and pivotally supporting the first pawl member around
a first axis with respect to the base member as the first pawl member moves from the first position to the second position,
and

a second support portion disposed at a distance from the pawl portion and the first support portion and pivotally supporting
the first pawl member around a second axis with respect to the base member while the first pawl member is in the second position;

a shaft member fixed with respect to the base member, and having the second axis,
the second support portion separating from the shaft member while the first pawl member is in the first position and engaging
the shaft member while the first pawl member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,499,224

BICYCLE SEATPOST ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

24. A bicycle seatpost assembly comprising:
a first cylinder;
a second cylinder configured to be telescopically received in the first cylinder; and
a positioning structure configured to relatively position the first cylinder and the second cylinder and configured to switch
a state of the bicycle seatpost assembly among

a first adjustable state in which a positional relationship between the first cylinder and the second cylinder is continuously
adjustable within a first adjustable position range, and

a second adjustable state in which the positional relationship between the first cylinder and the second cylinder is continuously
adjustable within a second adjustable position range different from the first adjustable position range,

the positioning structure being configured to switch the state of the bicycle seat post assembly among the first adjustable
state and the second adjustable state in response to an operation of a bicycle operating device,

the positioning structure being configured to switch the state of the bicycle seatpost assembly to the first adjustable state
in response to a first operation of the bicycle operating device,

the positioning structure being configured to switch the state of the bicycle seatpost assembly to the second adjustable state
in response to a second operation of the bicycle operating device, and

in the bicycle operating device, at least one of a movement amount and a movement direction of the first operation being different
from at least one of a movement amount and a movement direction of the second operation.

US Pat. No. 9,502,935

HUB SHELL FOR BICYCLE GENERATOR HUB

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A hub shell for a bicycle generator hub comprising:
a main body having a tubular shape with an internal circumferential surface, the internal circumferential surface of the main
body including a magnet arrangement section, the magnet arrangement section including a linear-shaped recess formed in the
internal circumferential surface; and

a magnet injection molded on the magnet arrangement section of the main body such that the magnet enters into the recess,
the magnet being a bond magnet made of a mixture of a magnetic material and a synthetic resin, the magnet forming a radially
innermost surface of the hub shell at the magnet arrangement section.

US Pat. No. 9,402,578

CRANK ANGLE INDICATING SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Sakai-shi ...

1. A crank angle indicating system, comprising:
an input device of a computing device, the input device being configured to receive a user selection of one or a plurality
of predetermined target crank angle ranges within a 360 degrees pedal crank cycle for each pedal of a pedaling device;

a crank angle detector configured to detect a crank angle of a crankshaft of a pedaling device; and
an indication device configured to output at least one of an aural and a haptic indicator upon the detected crank angle matching
the user-selected one or plurality of predetermined target crank angle ranges for each pedal within the 360 degrees pedal
crank cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,381,417

BICYCLE FITTING SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle fitting system comprising:
a controller programmed to determine whether a current rider position of a rider satisfies a predetermined condition, the
predetermined condition being based on a flexibility level of a rider body of the rider, the flexibility level expressing
a flexibility of at least one joint of the rider body in terms of a flexibility category selected from at least two different
flexibility categories; and

a motion capturing apparatus electrically connected to the controller, the motion capturing apparatus including
at least three markers configured to be attached to a rider body of a rider,
a sensor configured to detect positions of the at least three markers while the rider is on a bicycle fitting equipment configured
to simulate riding a bicycle;

the controller being programmed to determine the current rider position by measuring at least one rider body parameter of
the rider body using the motion capturing apparatus while the rider is on the bicycle fitting equipment, the at least one
rider body parameter including at least one angle between three of the markers,

the controller being programmed to determine whether the predetermined condition is satisfied by determining whether the at
least one angle lies within a parameter range selected based on the flexibility level of the rider body, and

the controller being programmed to calculate bicycle fitting information indicating a bicycle component position of a bicycle
component based on the current rider position and the selected parameter range, and output the bicycle fitting information
to an output apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,303,725

BICYCLE CHAIN

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle chain comprising:
a first outer link plate comprising:
a first end portion including a first opening having a first center axis;
a second end portion including a second opening having a second center axis;
a first intermediate portion interconnecting the first end portion and the second end portion, the first end portion, the
second end portion and the first intermediate portion defining a first outer peripheral edge comprising:

a first end edge extending about the first end portion;
a second end edge extending about the second end portion; and
a pair of first intermediate edges extending along the first intermediate portion between the first end edge and the second
end edge, a first outer-link distance being defined from the first center axis to the first end edge;

a first inner link plate comprising:
a third end portion including a third opening having a third center axis;
a fourth end portion including a fourth opening having a fourth center axis;
a second intermediate portion interconnecting the third end portion and the fourth end portion, the third end portion, the
fourth end portion and the second intermediate portion defining a second outer peripheral edge comprising:

a third end edge extending about the third end portion;
a fourth end edge extending about the fourth end portion; and
a pair of second intermediate edges extending along the second intermediate portion between the third end edge and the fourth
end edge, a first inner-link distance being defined from the third center axis to a first location on the third end edge,
a second inner-link distance being defined from the third center axis to a second location on the third end edge, the first
inner-link distance being larger than the second inner-link distance and the first outer-link distance; and

a first link pin configured to extend through the first opening and the third opening to rotatably couple the first end portion
and the third end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,093,887

BICYCLE GENERATOR HUB STATOR HAVING ANNULAR MEMBER AND THREE YOKES, AND BICYCLE GENERATOR HUB

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle generator hub stator comprising:
a hub shaft having an axial groove formed as a second recess in an outer circumferential surface of the hub shaft, the axial
groove extending in an axial direction from one axial end of the hub shaft toward the other axial end of the hub shaft such
that the axial groove ends at a middle portion of the hub shaft;

an annular member including a first axial end, a second axial end and a through hole extending between the first and second
axial ends, the hub shaft extending through the through hole such that the middle portion of the hub shaft is disposed inside
the through hole of the annular member;

a first yoke including a first extended section that extends in the axial direction from the first axial end to the second
axial end of the annular member and a first insertion section that extends in the axial direction from the first axial end
toward the second axial end of the annular member to be inserted into the through hole of the annular member, the first yoke
being non-rotatably arranged relative to the annular member;

a second yoke including a second extended section that extends in the axial direction from the second axial end to the first
axial end of the annular member and a second insertion section that extends in the axial direction from the second axial end
toward the first axial end of the annular member to be inserted into the through hole of the annular member, the second yoke
being non-rotatably arranged relative to the annular member; and

a third yoke disposed in the through hole and nonrotatably connected to both the annular member and the hub shaft, the third
yoke being disposed axially between tip ends of the first and second insertion sections and magnetically coupling the first
and second yokes together, the third yoke having a second protrusion arranged in the axial groove at the middle portion of
the hub shaft, the third yoke being a separate piece from the hub shaft, the annular member, the first yoke, and the second
yoke with a maximum axial length of the third yoke being smaller than a maximum axial length of the through hole.

US Pat. No. 9,057,395

ONE PIECE HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKE CALIPER WITH ONE WAY PLUMBING

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bolt for use with a hydraulic disc brake caliper, the bolt comprising:
a head, and
a shaft extending outwardly from the head and defining a longitudinal axis, wherein the shaft includes
a threaded portion formed at a distal end thereof, wherein the threaded portion has an outer surface and having a diameter,
at least one channel defined in the outer surface of the threaded portion and the distal end of the shaft, such that when
the threaded portion is threaded into an opening fluid can flow through the channel in a generally axial direction and past
the distal end of the shaft,

first and second reduced diameter portions defined at least partially circumferentially around the shaft, wherein the first
and second reduced diameter portions have approximately the same diameter, and

a blocking portion separating the first and second reduced diameter portions.

US Pat. No. 10,029,754

BICYCLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle electrical system comprising:a first electric component;
a second electric component, the first and second electric components each having a mounting part that is configured to be mounted to a bicycle;
a first wireless communication unit;
a first power source; and
a second wireless communication unit;
the first wireless communication unit and the first power source being electrically connected to at least the first electric component,
the second wireless communication unit being electrically connected to at least the second electric component,
the first electric component configured to communicate with the first wireless communication unit,
the second electric component configured to communicate with the second wireless communication unit, and
at least the first wireless communication unit and the second wireless communication unit having another mounting part that is configured to be attached to the bicycle.

US Pat. No. 9,718,305

BICYCLE RIM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rim comprising:
a first annular side wall including a first braking contact portion;
a second annular side wall including a second braking contact portion; and
an annular bridge extending between the first and second annular side walls;
at least one of the first and second braking contact portions having a plurality of soft additives at least partially embedded
in a non-metallic layer, the soft additives being made of a material that is softer than the non-metallic layer, the soft
additives having the form of discrete granules having a particle size in a prescribed range.

US Pat. No. 9,499,232

FRONT DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A front derailleur for mounting to a bicycle having a crank axis, the front derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be adjustably mounted on the bicycle in a predetermined adjustment direction extending along a
center axis of a seat tube of the bicycle;

a chain guide configured to guide a chain; and
a link mechanism movably coupling the chain guide to the base member, the link mechanism including a first link member pivotally
arranged in relation to the base member about a first link axis and pivotally arranged in relation to the chain guide about
a second link axis;

the first link axis and the second link axis 1 ring in planes that are non-parallel and nonorthogonal with respect to the predetermined adjustment direction when viewed
from the axial direction of the crank axis in a state where the base member is mounted to the bicycle and the crank axis is
parallel to the planes.

US Pat. No. 9,403,578

BICYCLE SPROCKET ASSEMBLY AND BICYCLE REAR SPROCKET ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket assembly having a rotational center axis, the bicycle sprocket assembly comprising:
a first sprocket including a first sprocket body and a first chain-engagement structure configured to engage with a bicycle
chain, the first sprocket body having a first hub engagement profile configured to engage with a bicycle hub assembly;

a second sprocket including a second sprocket body and a second chain-engagement structure configured to engage with the bicycle
chain, the second sprocket body having a second hub engagement profile configured to engage with the bicycle hub assembly;

a first intervening member positioned between the first sprocket and the second sprocket in an axial direction parallel to
the rotational center axis; and

a second intervening member positioned between the first sprocket and the second sprocket in the axial direction, the second
intervening member being provided radially outwardly from the first intervening member with respect to the rotational center
axis, the second intervening member being attached to at least one of the first sprocket and the second sprocket and having
an elongated shape extending along a first reference plane perpendicular to the rotational center axis, the second intervening
member including

a radial thickness defined in a radial direction with respect to the rotational center axis, and
a circumferential length defined in a circumferential direction of the bicycle sprocket assembly, the circumferential length
being longer than the radial thickness to provide the elongated shape.

US Pat. No. 9,381,975

BICYCLE SHIFT OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle shift operating device comprising:
a base member including a bicycle mounting structure;
a shift unit disposed in the base member;
a first operating lever operatively coupled to the shift unit and pivotally mounted relative to the base member about a first
pivot axis between a first rest position and a first shifting position;

a second operating lever operatively coupled to the shift unit and pivotally mounted on the first operating lever about a
second pivot axis between a second rest position and a second shifting position, the second operating lever moving with the
first operating lever about the first pivot axis as the first operating lever pivots between the first rest position and the
first shifting position;

a first biasing element biasing the first operating lever towards the first rest position to keep the first operating member
at the first rest position; and

a second biasing element biasing the first operating lever towards the first rest position in response to independent movement
of the second operating lever from the second rest position to the second shifting position while the first operating lever
remains at the first rest position.

US Pat. No. 9,307,750

PINION GEAR FOR DUAL-BEARING REEL AND DUAL-BEARING REEL INCLUDING SAME

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A pinion gear for a dual-bearing reel, the pinion gear being configured to be meshed with a drive gear, the drive gear
being configured to transmit rotation of a handle rotatably mounted to a reel unit of the dual-bearing reel to a spool, the
pinion gear comprising:
a first support portion being supported by the reel unit through a first bearing, the first support portion being rotatable
and axially movable with respect to the first bearing;

a gear portion being disposed away from the first support portion at an interval, the gear portion being configured to be
meshed with the drive gear and being formed by gear-cutting after a plated coating is formed, the first support portion being
disposed next to the gear portion on a first side of the gear portion;

a clutch control portion being disposed between the first support portion and the gear portion, the clutch control portion
including an outer diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the first support portion and an outer diameter of the gear
portion; and

the plated coating being formed on at least an outer peripheral surface of the first support portion.

US Pat. No. 9,289,031

LACING CORD AND SHOES USING THE SAME

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A lacing cord for daily necessities including with shoes, clothing and bags, the lacing cord comprising:
a core wire including at least one first wire member; and
at least one protruding part including a second wire member that is spirally wound on the core wire, the second wire member
being provided to a peripheral section of the core wire so as to intersect with an axial direction of the core wire and to
protrude radially outward from the peripheral section of the core wire, the protruding part having a maximum pitch of 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,055,735

SPINNING REEL AND SPINNING-REEL REEL UNIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A reel unit for a spinning reel, the spinning reel being attachable to a fishing rod, the spinning reel configured to forwardly
release a fishing line from a front side of the spinning reel, the reel unit comprising:
a chassis including a mechanism attachment space at a lateral side thereof, a first opening extending through a front edge
of the chassis, and a second opening extending through a rear edge of the chassis, the second opening disposed on an opposite
side of the first opening;

a lid member detachably attached to the chassis to close the mechanism attachment space;
a guard member including a boss being inserted into the second opening from the rear edge of the chassis, the guard member
being attached to the chassis and the lid member from behind to cover the chassis and the lid member;

a tubular part being disposed between the first opening and the second opening within the mechanism attachment space and arranged
to be liquid-tight; and

a screw member passing through the first opening and being screwed into the boss, the screw member having a head being held
inside the tubular part.

US Pat. No. 9,764,794

BICYCLE BRAKE DEVICE AND BICYCLE RIM BRAKE DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle brake device comprising:
a friction member including a friction surface;
a base member including a hydraulic cylinder;
a link structure configured to couple the friction member to the base member so as to move the friction member relative to
the base member between a rest position and a braking position, the link structure including

a first link member pivotably coupled to the base member about a first pivot axis, and
a second link member pivotably coupled to the first link member about a second pivot axis parallel to the first pivot axis,
the friction member being attached to the second link member; and

a piston movable in the hydraulic cylinder in a movement direction and configured to push the link structure to move the friction
member from the rest position toward the braking position, the friction member including a curved surface configured to change
a direction in which the friction surface faces relative to the second link member in a rest state where the friction member
is positioned at the rest position relative to the base member, wherein

the piston is provided between the first pivot axis and the friction member.

US Pat. No. 9,440,703

CLAMP ASSEMBLY FOR FIXING HANDLEBAR GRIP

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A clamp assembly for fixing a handlebar grip to a handlebar, the clamp assembly comprising:
a fixing member configured to be mounted on the handlebar, the fixing member defining a center handlebar mounting axis and
having:

at least one mating grip locking structure,
a component attachment structure,
an annular shape having an inner area arranged to receive the handlebar,
a first opening extending between an inner surface and an outer surface of the fixing member, the first opening being a circumferentially
extending slot relative to the center handlebar mounting axis of the fixing member, the component attachment structure being
configured to be selectively at least partially disposed in the first opening,

a second opening extending between the inner surface and the outer surface of the fixing member, the second opening being
a circumferentially extending slot relative to the center handlebar mounting axis of the fixing member, the component attachment
structure being configured to be selectively at least partially disposed in the second opening, the second opening being circumferentially
spaced apart from the first opening in a circumferential direction relative to the center handlebar mounting axis of the fixing
member,

a first semicircle part and a second semicircle part, the first and second semicircle parts having first ends that are hinged
together and second ends that are adjustably connected together by a fastener,
and
a side edge surface with a recess that is a part of the mating grip locking structure, the recess of the side edge surface
and the first opening being aligned with each other along a direction parallel to the center handlebar mounting axis, the
first opening being disposed at the first semicircle part and the second opening being disposed at the second semicircle part.

US Pat. No. 9,409,624

BICYCLE SPROCKET

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:
sprocket teeth including
a first tooth having a chain-engaging axial width which is larger than a first distance defined between opposed inner link
plates of a bicycle chain and which is smaller than a second distance defined between opposed outer link plates of the bicycle
chain, and

a second tooth having a chain-engaging axial width which is larger than the first distance and which is smaller than the second
distance, the first tooth and the second tooth being spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction of the bicycle
sprocket to define a space which is free of a tooth configured to engage with the bicycle chain.

US Pat. No. 9,394,031

BAR END ELECTRIC SHIFTER FOR BICYCLE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bar end electric shifter for a bicycle comprising:
a base member including a handlebar mounting portion and a brake lever mounting portion, the handlebar mounting portion being
configured to be fixedly mounted to a free end of a handlebar;

a brake lever pivotally disposed on the brake lever mounting portion about a brake pivot axis, the brake lever including an
elongated brake operating portion extending from the brake pivot axis to a free end of the brake lever, the elongated brake
operating portion having a midpoint disposed halfway between the free end of the brake lever and a proximal portion adjacent
to the brake pivot axis; and

a shift operating member disposed on the proximal portion of the brake lever at a location adjacent to the brake pivot axis
with respect to the midpoint of the brake lever, the shift operating member being configured to move therewith the brake lever.

US Pat. No. 9,327,793

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:
a fixed member configured to be attached to a bicycle;
a movable member movably coupled to the fixed member;
a position maintaining arrangement operatively arranged with respect to the movable member and the fixed member such that
the position maintaining arrangement selectively maintains the movable member in any one of a plurality of holding positions
relative to the fixed member;

a moving arrangement operatively coupled to the position maintaining arrangement to selectively move the movable member in
a first moving direction such that the movable member moves from a current holding position to another one of the plurality
of holding positions; and

first operating member movably mounted with respect to the fixed member such that the first operating member moves in a first
operating direction from a rest position to a first end position and such that the first operating member moves in a second
operating direction from the rest position to a second end position,

the first operating member moving the movable member by a first predetermined number of the plurality of holding positions
in the first moving direction as the first operating member moves from the rest position to the first end position, the first
operating member moving the movable member by a second predetermined number of the plurality of holding positions in the first
moving direction as the first operating member moves from the rest position to the second end position, the first predetermined
number being different from the second predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,227,696

BICYCLE DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle derailleur comprising:
a main body configured to be mounted to a bicycle;
a chain cage pivotally coupled to the main body for movement between at least a first orientation and a second orientation;
a first pulley rotatably coupled to one of the chain cage and the main body;
a second pulley rotatably mounted to the chain cage to move therewith relative to the main body; and
a chain contact member coupled to the main body, the chain contact member including a non-rotatable chain contact portion
that projects into a chain path between the first and second pulleys while the chain cage is in the first orientation and
that is located outside of the chain path between the first and second pulleys while the chain cage is in the second orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,457,871

BICYCLE FRONT DERAILLEUR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle front derailleur comprising:
a base member configured to be mounted to a bicycle frame;
a linkage assembly including a first link pivotally coupled to the base member at a first pivot axis, an extension link operatively
coupled to the first link and pivotally coupled to the base member, and a second link pivotally coupled to the base member
at a second pivot axis;

a chain guide pivotally coupled to the first and second links to move between a retracted position and an extended position;
an input link pivotally supported relative to the base member about a third pivot axis, the input link being configured to
be connected to an operation cable to move the input link in response to operation of the operation cable;

a connecting link pivotally connected to the input link about a fourth pivot axis and pivotally connected to the extension
link about a fifth pivot axis such that the linkage assembly moves in response to movement of the input link; and

an outer casing receiving part configured to receive an outer casing through which the operation cable passes, the outer casing
receiving part having an outlet opening that faces upward with respect to a vertical direction in a state where the base member
is mounted to the bicycle frame, the outer casing receiving part being disposed on the base member such that the outlet opening
is disposed above the first pivot axis in a state where the base member is mounted to the bicycle frame.

US Pat. No. 9,402,380

DUAL-BEARING REEL PINION GEAR AND DUAL-BEARING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A pinion gear for a dual-bearing reel, the pinion gear configured to mesh with a drive gear and function as a clutch mechanism
by moving in a direction of a spool shaft, the drive gear configured to transmit rotation of a handle to a spool, the handle
rotatably mounted to a reel unit of the dual-bearing reel, the pinion gear comprising:
a body having a tubular shape and an inner peripheral part, the inner peripheral part being configured to receive the spool
shaft;

a first support part disposed on a first end side of the body and being configured to be supported by the reel unit through
a first bearing so as to be rotatable and axially movable;

a second support part disposed on a second end side of the body and being configured to be supported by the reel unit through
a second bearing so as to be rotatable and axially movable;

a gear part disposed so as to be spaced from the first support part at an interval between the first support part and the
second support part and being configured to mesh with the drive gear, the gear part including a module which is greater than
or equal to 0.1 and less than or equal to 0.4, the module defined by dividing a pitch circle diameter of the gear part by
a number of teeth of the gear part; and

a clutch control part disposed between the first support part and the gear part,
the clutch control part including an outer diameter greater than an outer diameter of the second support part and less than
a root circle diameter of the gear part.

US Pat. No. 9,807,989

DUAL-BEARING REEL

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A dual-bearing reel, comprising:
a reel body;
a spool rotatable relative to the reel body;
a spool shaft configured to integrally rotate with the spool;
an adjustment member attached to the reel body and configured to adjust a braking force that brakes the rotation of the spool
shaft; and

an operating lever detachably attached to the adjustment member so as to extend in a radial direction, and adjustably attached
to the adjustment member in a circumferential direction relative to the adjustment member.

US Pat. No. 9,550,544

BICYCLE HANDLEBAR CLAMP ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle handlebar clamp assembly comprising:
a handlebar clamp configured to clamp a handlebar having a longitudinal center axis, the handlebar clamp having a fixing nut
receiving aperture;

a fixing nut having a threaded bore and an attachment opening, the fixing nut being movably disposed in the fixing nut receiving
aperture in an axial direction of the fixing nut receiving aperture between a first position and a second position;

a fixing bolt threadedly engaged with the threaded bore of the fixing nut; and
an attachment pin coupling the fixing nut to the handlebar clamp, the attachment pin including a first shaft portion, a second
shaft portion and a middle shaft portion, each of the first and second shaft portions having a diameter larger than a diameter
of the middle shaft portion and an axial length of the middle shaft portion being longer than an axial length of each of the
first and second shaft portions, the diameters being substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis in an axial direction
of the attachment pin, the middle shaft portion being disposed in the attachment opening of the fixing nut, the attachment
pin being removably received by the fixing nut, the longitudinal axis of the attachment pin being substantially parallel to
the longitudinal axis of the handlebar when the handlebar clamp is clamped to the handlebar, and the attachment pin being
integrally formed as a one-piece member.