Ideal Ebikes for Golf
What Models and Features of E-Bikes Will Work for Golf? Which ebike should I purchase?
- Low Step-Through Frame: Because the bag is mounted on the rack behind the seat, it would be difficult to swing your leg up and over the clubs every time you need to get on and off the bike to hit your golf ball. Some of our customers lean their high or mid-bar bikes over and lift their leg over the bar, but a low step-through is much easier and better for golf. A 20-inch ebike provides what we believe is the best size for golf. If it is a folding frame, it will usually have the lowest step-through design. But we will also have a 26-inch bike kit. If you don't need a folding bike because you will either ride it to the course or haul it on a hitch-rack or in a pickup, there are quite a few non-folding "cargo" ebikes available. Unfortunatley, many of them don't have a low step through, but some are low enough.
- Step-Through Clearance: Some ebikes have their battery in the step-through space. Or they place a stabilizer bar right where your foot needs to pass. An ideal ebike for golf not only has a low step-through, it has plenty of room for your foot to pass through. It is no big deal to have a narrow or even a higher step-through if all you are going to do is get on and off a couple times over the course of a long ride. But for golf, you will be getting on and off 50 to 80 times a round. So clearance is more important.
- Fat Tires: Your ebike should have at least 3-inch wide low-pressure tires. 4 inches is better. You don't want to make any impression on the golf course grass. It is likely that golf courses will adopt "rules for ebikes" that include 4 inch tires. So if you are thinking of getting an ebike, go for the fatter tires.
- Strong Motor: We think you should have at least a 500 watt motor. If you weight over 200 pounds and you want to ride on courses with a lot of hills, 750 watts is better. I weigh 240 pounds and have personally ridden a 500 watt bike on a moderately hilly course. I just had to use my legs when taking off on a steep uphill start while a 750 watt motor makes hills much easier.
- Pedal Assist: The advantage of pedal assist is that it allows you to get as much exercise as you wish. PAS is a wonderful invention and great for golf.
- Sturdy Rack: All rear racks are not created equal. The sturdier the better. Racks welded to bike frames are better than racks that are bolted on. Our Bag Carrier design includes a rubber bumper bracket mounted on the axle which helps reduce the torque and twisting forces on the rack (and protects the brake assembly at the same time). If your bike has a bolted-on rack, you would want to use a lighter bag. A good bag for your ebike would be the same as if you were walking the course and carrying it. If you have a welded rack, then you can go as heavy as you wish.
- Rack Position and Size: Some racks are very short and close to the seat. The average rider's back is significantly beyond the back of the seat, and it is uncomfortable if your clubs are against your back. Some of the moped-style bikes have very short racks. The longer the better.
- Good Battery: The higher the amp-hour rating, the longer the battery will last which is more important if you are riding to the golf course and want to make sure you have enough battery to get back home. Most ebikes are equipped with plenty of battery. As with all energy sources, the heavier the rider, lights on, hills, and the amount of throttle vs. pedaling makes a difference in battery life. As an example, I played 18 holes on a 500 watt ebike with a 10.4 amp-hour battery and still had a little over half the battery life registering on the gauge. All ebikes recharge with a standard 115 volt outlet.
- Full Fenders and Front Mud Flap: Golf courses mow the grass every day. So there are always grass clippings. Whenever the grass is wet, such as every morning from dew, the front tire will kick grass and water up onto the bike and rider. Some bikes have full fenders which are definitely desirable, but that isn't enough. No bikes come with standard mud flaps on the front fender, and if they do offer them as an option, they aren't very long and are made out of plastic. We provide a long rugged rubber mud-flap that you can easily install on your front fender to keep you clean. Without it, you will take some of the golf course home with you...if the grass is wet. If you only playin the afternoon when the course is dry, you don't need fenders at all!
As the ebike industry starts catering to the 26 million golfers in the United States and a lot more around the world, we will work with them to include these features and will recommend the best ebikes for golf.
Rad Power Bikes is one of the leading ebike manufacturers with domestic service in the United States. The RadRunner is a non-folding bike that meets all the above criteria. It is built like a tank with a solid welded rack. Click here to check it out.
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