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1. (WO2004063578) ENTRETOISE DE ROULEMENT SOUPLE
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A drawer slide assembly comprising:
a first slide member and a second slide member each having an elongate planar web bounded by a first bearing raceway and a second bearing raceway along opposing margins of the web, the bearing raceways running substantially the length of the planar web;
a bearing spacer having a first end and a second end, a bearing retaining portion, and at least one flexible portion located between the first end and the second end; and
a plurality of bearings disposed in the bearing retaining portion of the bearing spacer, the bearings in rolling engagement with either the first raceways or the second raceways.

2. A drawer slide assembly comprising:
a first slide member having an elongate planar web portion bounded by first and second arms extending therefrom and forming respective first slide member first and second bearing raceways;
a second slide member having a planar web portion bounded by first and second arms extending therefrom and forming respective second slide member first and second bearing raceways;
a bearing spacer having an intermediate portion bounded by end portions, the intermediate portion including a compressible section and a bearing retaining section; and a plurality of bearings in the bearing retaining section of the bearing spacer, the bearings in rolling engagement with either the first bearing raceways or the second bearing raceways.

3. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 1, wherein the bearing retaining section includes apertures configured to retain bearings.

4. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 1, wherein the bearing retaining section includes openings on opposing surfaces of the bearing spacer.

5. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 4, wherein the openings on one surface are smaller than the openings on the opposing surface, configured to prevent a bearing from passing through the smaller opening.

6. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 4, wherein a post protrudes across a portion of one of the openings of the bearing spacer.

7. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 2, wherein the compressible section of the bearing spacer is molded

8. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 2, wherein the compressible section of the bearing spacer includes a coil spring.

9. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 8, wherein the coil spring is metal.

10. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 2, wherein the compressible section of the bearing spacer comprises mating bars and cut-outs.

11. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 2, wherein the compressible section of the bearing spacer comprises a spine.

12. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 2, wherein the bearing retaining section of the spacer includes a bearing post.

13. The drawer slide assembly of Claim 12, wherein the bearings include an indentation to receive the bearing post.

14. A bearing spacer for use in a substantially linear bearing raceway, comprising: means for retaining bearings;
at least one compressible portion approximate the means for retaining bearings; and a plurality of bearings located within the means for retaining bearings, the bearings in rolling engagement with the bearing raceway.

15. A bearing spacer as in Claim 14, wherein the means for retaining bearings holds the bearings such that each side of the spacer provides a bearing engagement surface.

16. A bearing spacer for use in a drawer slide assembly, comprising:
a first end portion;
a second end portion opposite the first end portion;
one or more bearing retaining portions, located between first and second end portions; and
one or more compressible portions, located between first and second end portions.

17. A drawer slide assembly comprising:
a first slide member having an elongate planar web, bounded by a first bearing raceway and a second bearing raceway along the length of the planar web;
a second slide member having an elongate planar web, bounded by a first bearing raceway and a second bearing raceway along the length of the planar web; and
a bearing spacer having a first end portion, a second end portion opposite the first end portion, one or more bearing retaining portions located between first and second end portions, one or more flexible portions located between the first and second end portions, and one or more bearings in rolling engagement with either of the raceways of the first and second slide members.

18. A bearing spacer for use in a substantially linear
bearing raceway, comprising:
opposing end portions bounding the spacer;
means for retaining bearings;
spring means adjacent means for retaining bearings; and
a plurality of bearings located within the means for retaining bearings, and in rolling engagement with the bearing raceway.

19. A bearing spacer for roller bearings, comprising:
a first end portion;
a second end portion opposite the first end portion;
at least one bearing retaining section defining an aperture, located between the first and second end portions;
at least one compressible portion; and
a plurality of roller bearings.