Patent application title: Sports Bag Skid Brace
Theodore Albert Douthit (Phoenix, AZ, US)
IPC8 Class: AB65D3010FI
Class name: Flexible bags end structure (e.g. bottom)
Publication date: 2012-01-26
Patent application number: 20120020589
Sports Bag Skid Brace is an aluminum brace designed to replace the
existing plastic brace to allow for longer use and better support for,
but not limited to, sports bags. Specifically for consumers who do a lot
of traveling (planes, trains, and automobiles) with their Bowling/Sports
Bags, as they seem to endure a lot more wear and tear.
1. Sports Bag Skid Brace is designed to pertain mainly but not
exclusively to the sporting goods area. Sports Bag Skid Brace is meant to
help strengthen the bottoms of, specifically but not limited to, bowling
bags with plastic bases. Sports Bag Skid Brace is intended to replace the
weak plastic bases which are now in use.
 The product is made of aluminum. Sports Bag Skid Brace itself is a
half inch thick by one inch wide. Length of the Skid Brace will be
determined by the size of the sports bag. Each end will have a 45 degree
angle cut. The edges will be smoothed for safety reasons.
 To make this product simply start with piece of aluminum (1''wide×1/2''thick×an indeterminate length) and cut to desired length, (measurement to be taken from the bottom of the Bowling/Sports Bag). After cut is made, measure a 45 degree angle at each end of Skid Brace and cut. Proceed to smooth all sharp/rough edges for safety purposes, so that the consumers do not cut themselves.
BACKGROUND OF SPORTS BAG SKID BRACE
 Current bags use plastic bases, and within weeks these plastic bases break and cause other problems to the bags.
 Due to the product warrantees, companies are losing money having to replace each bag at no additional cost to the consumer.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF SPORTS BAG SKID BRACE
 The advantage of this invention, the Sports Bag Skid Brace, is to strengthen the bases of these bags, specifically but not limited to, bowling bags, as bowling bags at this time are using a flimsy plastic bar like base as the only support.
 This product will allow for more stress and pressure to be put on Bowling Sports bags, and allow for less wear and tear and a longer life span to products using this invention, the Sports Bag Skid Brace.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE SPORTS BAG SKID BRACE
 1 inch by 1/2 inch by desired length with edges cut at 45 degree angle and sharp/rough edges smoothed over for safety purposes.
DESCRIPTION THE DRAWING(S)
 Side view: The side view shows that the design has about a 45 degree angle at each end of the bar.
 Top view: The top view illustrates that the design is a solid piece with 4 holes drilled in which the rivets attach the design to the sports bags.
 Bottom view: the bottom view illustrates that the design is a solid piece and from the bottom there are no holes drilled in the bottom which also shows that the holes drilled from the top do not completely go through the bar.
 FIG. 1 (side view, both side views are identical)
 1. Approximate degree of angle - 45
 2. Approximate degree of angle - 45
 FIG. 2 (top view)
 4a-4d. Holes for rivets
 FIG. 3 (bottom view)
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