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Unattended automated bicycle rental station

An unattended, automated bicycle rental system utilizes a bicycle rental station having a locking bicycle rack and a control tower. The bicycle rack has an inventory of rental bicycles of non standard size as inventory and the bicycles are locked in place on the rack in distinct bicycle-receiving bays. The control tower incudes a credit card reader that unlocks a specific bicycle from its bay upon insertion of a bank or credit card and begins timing the period of time in which the bicycle is away from the rental station. When the bicycle is returned, it is placed into the bay and in contact with the rack so that an identification sensor can determine if it is a system bicycle and lock it in place in the rack and bill the credit card for the rental charge.
Dean R. Devolpi1
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A security system for bicycles, ski racks and coat racks which includes a control in which a user can place a specific code for the specific lock which is to be used after which a free end of the cable can be passed through the device to be secured such as a bicycle, coat or a pair of skis and then inserted into the receptacle which locks. The security system includes an alarm when the cable carri...
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Steven L. Sunyich1
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A credit card operable storage system is provided. A plurality of credit card accessed and computer operated safes are communicatively linked to a respective branch computer, which is in turn communicatively linked to a central host computer (central host). The safes transmit use information (including credit card information) to their respective branch computers where the information is stored an...
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An apparatus for securing a bicycle in a rack provided with a coin-controlled key-operated locking device associated with a permanent rack structure adapted to embrace a substantial portion of the bicycle frame, and a binding member adapted to secure other parts of the bicycle to the rack through the operation of the locking device.
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Steven F. Cook1
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Glen E. Burlingame1
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A locking bicycle rack comprises a plurality of individual bicycle stalls each including a bifurcated swing arm which is pivotally mounted to traverse the stall and engage both wheels and the frame of a bicycle positioned within the stall. The swing arms engage a locking mechanism which includes a latch to maintain the swing arms across the stalls while the stalls are unoccupied. Upon receipt of a...
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Thomas L. Jewell1
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A distributed authorization system and process for authorizing transactions utilizes a host computer communicating with a network of electronic terminals remote from the host computer. It includes storing negative file data in the electronic terminal containing information used to identify accounts for which requested transactions are to be denied, and storing authorization file data in the electr...
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Kathryn L. Ainsworth1
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Mark B. Beezer1
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A bicycle security system includes a locking bicycle rack and employs a user's automated teller banking card to operate the system and debit charges accrued in connection with use of the system from the user's bank account. The locking system has an electronic control means which locks and unlocks the bicycle rack by means of a banking card. The electronic control means includes a timer which trac...
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Denis Bernier1
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Jean-Francois Simard1
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A locking fixture for use in locking up two wheeled vehicles such as bicycles or motorcycles. The fixture has a housing and at least one elongated, flexible locking member. One end of the locking member is fixedly mounted within the housing. The other end of the locking member is adapted to be inserted into the housing through an opening, and held therein to form a closed loop to hold the vehicle ...
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Carrilo P1
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Montoya M1
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A coin operated security rack apparatus for bicycles to minimize the danger of thefts, the apparatus having a bicycle rack with locking means for both front and rear wheels. The locking means for the wheels includes a shaft for securing the locking means in the locked position after the locking means have been locked on the wheels. A coin operated mechanism controls the shaft and locks it in the l...
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Jakob Lassche1
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A device for retaining a body which may be a bicycle wheel includes an automatic locking mechanism normally disposed in inoperative position but moved to operative locking position when the body is moved into place. A manual release mechanism is provided to allow the body to be removed and a coin operated mechanism is also provided to retain the locking mechanism in operative position until a key ...
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