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An inline skate wheel wear detector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004441D
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 58K

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Abstract

The present invention is an apparatus of an in-line skate wheel including a wear indication system. The wheel wear indication system incorporates a hard plastic wheel hub, an outer-layer resin and an inner indicator resin. The outer resin forms the outside of the wheel and encases an inner indicator resin. As the outer resin wears down, the indicator resin is eventually exposed; indicating that the meal has matured and needs to be replaced.

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An inline skate wheel wear detector

The exercise and recreational equipment market is growing rapidly each year, specifically the in-line skate market. In-line skates offer an enjoyable alternative to traditional exercise. With the growth of the industry, consumers desire innovative advances in the in-line skate technology to benefit performance, easy of use and safety. An increasing supply of replacement and aftermarket products are available to consumers.

The in-line skate and in-line skate accessory manufacturer that can consistently offer innovative quality products is positioned to expand market share.

In-line skate wheel wear is dependent on such factors as: usage time, the amount of weight the wheels are bearing, the surface quality, etc. The wheel's wear can greatly affect the skate's performance and the safety of the user. The wear rate is relatively unpredictable, therefore a wear indication system would greatly aid in the users assessment of the wheels current state. What is needed is a way to indicate when an inline skate wheel needs to be replaced.

The present invention is an apparatus of an in-line skate wheel including a wear indication system. The wheel wear indication system incorporates a hard plastic wheel hub, an outer-layer resin and an inner indicator resin. The outer resin forms the outside of the wheel and encases an inner indicator resin. As the outer resin wears down, the indicator resin is eventually exposed; indicating that the meal has matured and needs to be replaced.

Figure 1: Cross-section of in-line skate wheel with embedded indicator resin

Figure 2: Side -view of in-line skate wheel with embedded indicator resin