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In-line Skate Wheel Wear Indicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004444D
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 62K

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Abstract

The present invention is an apparatus including an in-line skate wheel with a tapered resin wear indicator that displays the progressive wheel wear and the wear limit.

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In-line Skate Wheel Wear Indicator

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.

The present invention is an apparatus including an in-line skate wheel with a tapered resin wear indicator that displays the progressive wheel wear and the wear limit.

Illustrated in Figures 1a and 1b is an inline skate wheel indicator including a hard plastic hub, an outer resin that contacts the skating surface and an indicator resin. The indicator resin displays the amount of wear the wheel has endured corresponds to the width of the indicator resin exposed to the user. Finally the wheel will reach its wear limit, at which time the indicator resin will narrow until it is no longer visible.