Ebike Golf Bag Carrier Instructions
Last Updated : November 30, 2021
This page has two purposes. 1) FUNCTIONALITY - It will describe how to "use" the Golf Bag Carrier while playing golf, and 2) INSTALLATION - It will describe how to mount it to your ebike with photo references.
Functionality of the Quick-Attach Golf Bag Carrier
By “Quick-Attach” we mean that the “Bag Carrier Frame” can be placed onto and removed from the rack mount in less than 5 seconds without the need for any pins, bolts, or locking devices. It is held in place by gravity and the proprietary "Blade-and-Slot" design. The benefit of the quick-attach feature is so you can easily remove the carrier when you want to load, unload, or fold your bike, and when you want to use your ebike for purposes other than golf.
The rack mount bracket itself is secured to your bike rack with supplied nuts and bolts, so it isn’t as quick to attach and remove. But most of our customers just leave it on their rack between golf rounds, so all they have to do is slip the bag carrier onto the blade mounts.
This video takes you through most of the functionality of the Bag Carrier. The second video focusses on the quick attach of the Carrier to the Bracket.
The next 12-second video shows how to remove and install the Bag Carrier. The video makes it look easy, and it is. But there are some subtle movements that you will want to notice as you watch it. To remove the Carrier, notice that you need to angle the BOTTOM of the Carrier AWAY from the bike about half way to the kick-stand position, then lift UP on the Carrier, then slide it off. As you slide it off, rotate the bottom of the Carrier back toward the bike. To install the Carrier you start off with the bottom of the Carrier against the rubber bumper, then as you slide it onto the blades, rotate the bottom of the Carrier away from the rubber bumper so slots can drop down into the carrying notches. This combination of movements cannot be accidentally replicated while riding or while using the Carrier as a kick stand which is why it is so solid and yet easy to remove without any pins or fasteners.
Notice in the video that if you have a stand bag, its "foot" will fit through the open space at the bottom of the bag carrier frame a shown in this picture.
Secure your golf bag with the supplied cords using figure 8’s on the cleats (at the 1:32 minute mark of the first video above). The reason we don’t recommend bungee cords or other stretchy straps is so that they don't squeeze in on your bag which can interfere with slipping your clubs in and out. If you prefer buckle straps, the Carrier Frame also has strap slots. You can get buckle straps very inexpensively from Amazon, Ebay, or other similar sellers.
The bag carrier will hold any size and style golf bag. But as a practical matter, we recommend “going light” as if you were going to walk and carry your clubs.
The video shows you how to pivot the bag out when you arrive at your shot. With a little practice, you can do this while you are getting off your bike...all in one motion. Just make sure that you pivot the bag carrier ALL THE WAY OUT so it and your bike have plenty of "lean" which will effectively lock it to the ground on any slope. If you don't pivot it all the way yout, the Carrier can slip out of alignment on the blade hinges.
When you get back on your bike, you don't have to touch your bag. It will automatically pivot back to vertical. But if it is a heavy bag, or if you have a light-duty bolt-on rear rack on your bike, you might want to put your hand against the top of the bag as you move your bike upright so the bag doesn't "slam" against the rubber bumper.
Pedal Position, Pedal Assist, and Gear Recommendations - The easiest way to take off is to use the throttle to get going, then add pedals. I like to come to a stop with the right pedal in about the 2 o’clock "power position," so that when I get back on, I can press down on that pedal and use the throttle at the same time. I usually ride with the pedal-assist in 2 or 3, and the shifter in 2nd or 3rd gear. But if parking on an uphill slope, I will gear down as I approach the parking spot so it is ready to start out in low gear when I get back on to ride to the next shot. With practice, you will discover your own preferences.
Powder Coated Textured Finish - The Divnick Golf Bag Carrier is made out of rugged 6061 aluminum and is powder coated with a durable textured finish that can withstand a lot of impact and wear. Of course, where the "slot-and-blade" hinge moves, it will wear through the powder coating and reveal bare aluminum. If at any time you want to touch up the finish, the easiest way to do it is with black fingernail polish which is hard, durable, dries quickly, and has its own little brush.
Always ride safely, especially when crossing bridges or traversing steep hills, or riding over loose gravel, or the edges of cart paths. Since ebikes on golf courses are a new initiative, we all want to work together to be safe and make sure the golf courses don't have any reasons to restrict ebikes.
INSTALLATION - Attaching the Main Rack Bracket and Rubber Bumper
As we said above, most customers will leave the main carrier bracket affixed to their rack. But if you plan on removing and installing it often, you might want to protect the paint on your rack. You can do this easily with duct tape or a cloth on the underside of our pivot bracket and clamp piece.
Our universal-fit golf bag carrier is designed to fit all ebike racks. Of course, all racks are different, so some adaptation might be required. If you will specify your bike model when you place your order, we will provide specific instructions for that rack. This first series of pictures below will give you an idea of what is involved and how to do it on your bike. If you have any questions about how our Golf Bag Carrier will fit on your ebike, please send an email with a full view of your bike and close-up pictures of the rack to email@example.com
Our rack brackets have a variety of pre-drilled 1/4 inch holes that you can use, along with supplied 1/4-20 Phillips head screws and nylock nuts. They will fit snugly because of the powder-coating fill. So you might need to thread them through the holes with a Phillips screw driver. Be sure to lubricate the nut threads with any kind of oil or anti-seize. Stainless hardware gets hot from the friction and can "lock up" causing the nut to seize to the bolt. If you don't have any oil handy, scrape some bar-soap into the threads of the bolts. You can also prevent seizing by threading nuts slowly.
The most secure method to attach the Bracket is to bolt it directly to your rack. If your rack has a couple of places where you can drill at least two1/4" holes through it, you can bolt it without using the "clamp-piece" shown in the sequence below. If the holes in our rack Bracket don’t line up with the places you want to drill through your rack, you can drill new holes through our bracket and your rack at the same time. Bolting directly to your rack only requires 2 bolts, spread out as far apart as possible. If you have a RadRunner, our Bracket has matching holes to your rack...unless they change their bolt-pattern.
If your rack doesn’t have large enough tubes or cross pieces to drill, or if you don’t have a drill, you can “clamp” our bracket to your rack using the pre-drilled "underside clamp-piece" that will span under your rack frame as shown in the following pictures. Our bracket and clamp piece have matching holes, but if they don’t work easily with the spacing of the bars on your rack, feel free to drill new holes using a 1/4 inch bit.
HINT: Before you drill holes in your rack, we recommend you use the following "clamp method" to determine how far back on your rack you want to mount our carrier. We recommend as far back as possible so that your clubs do not touch your back while you are riding. If you have a short rack, you might want to mount the bag carrier with part of our bracket off the end of your rack. You can have up to 1/3rd of our bracket off the back of the rack...as it is very strong.
If your rack curves up in the back, you will need to add "spacers" to level our Bracket as illustrated in this picture. If you let us know the thickness you will need, we will include a spacer block. Or you can supply your own spacer which can be wood or any other material, or a stack of washers.
The following pictures show the attaching procedure for a light duty bike rack which does not have large enough tubes to drill. So the "under clamp method" is used.
Design Change Note: We have modified the Rack Bracket since the above videos were made. The sides of the Rack Bracket no longer have upward side bends. They now have a "down bend" over the side of the bike rack as you will see in the pictures below. The reason for this design change is so that you can keep the Rack Bracket attached to the rack when you are not playing golf which allows you to attach bags, baskets, or other things to your rack for hauling other cargo.
Step 1 - Using the pictures below as a guide, attach our rack bracket. It should be attached as far back on your rack as possible so that your clubs do not touch your back while you are riding. Keeping the bracket straight with the rack, tighten the bolts one after another, and keep tightening until they are as tight as you can get them with a screw driver, then tighten at least one more complete turn using the screw driver to hold the bolt, and the wrench to tighten the nut since you have more tightening leverage with the wrench than with the screw driver. We have included 2 long and 2 short bolts with the clamp piece, but you don't necessarily need to use all 4.
Note for RadRunners: Click here to see specific bolt hole positions for your rack.
Step 2 - Place the slot-brackets over the blades as shown below left. This orientation is with the slots "down" which is the most common orientation for 20" ebikes..
If you are installing on a 26 inch or taller bike, or a bike with the battery under the rack which makes the rack higher, you might need to orient the Slot Brackets with the slots at the top as shown below which illustrates the slot brackets even with the top of the carrier.. The slots could even be mounted higher for taller bikes. If in this position, the bolt and nut is with the not on the "bag-side" of the carrier and the head of the bolt on the rack side. The reason for this is because the bolt head will not interfere with the rack bracket during the pivoting motion.
Step 3 - Lean the bag carrier frame against the slot brackets. When your bike is in the upright riding position, the bottom of the Bag Carrier needs to be about 4 inches above the ground on bikes without rear suspension, or 6 inches on bikes with rear suspension. An easy way to attach the carrier with 4 inches of clearance is to place it on a 4x4 piece of wood (or a 2x4 on its edge) with the bike leaning on its kick stand and the Bag Carrier almost straight up. A 2x4 or 4x4 is actually only 3 1/2 inches wide, but with the bike leaning on its kick stand and the Carrier straight up, it raises the bottom of the Bag Carrier about 1/2 inch which results in the desired 4 inch clearance. If you don't have a 2x4 or 4x4 piece of wood, you will need someone with a tape measure as you position the carrier over the slot brackets.
As a practical matter, if you have 4 inches of clearance when you measure from the bottom of the Carrier to pavement or any smooth surface, you will have less than that when you sit on your bike which will squish the tires a little. When riding on golf course grass, you will have even less clearance. So 4 inches is the desired amount when the bike is upright and unloaded, measured to a smooth surface such as pavement. If you then go golfing and sense that it is too low (or too high), you can always adjust it by relocating the height of the Carrier on the Slot Brackets.
NEVER allow the bottom of the Carrier to hit a curb, paved path edge, rocks, or any obstructions. Pay close attention to the clearance as you ride over the edge of pavement or other obstacles, and be careful while riding around things that are sticking up from the ground.
Step 4 - Bolt the Carrier Frame to the Slot Brackets in the closest matching holes, starting with one of the lower bolts that will go through the bottom of the Slot Bracket. If the holes don't line up perfectly while resting on the block of wood, then raise the Carrier Frame "up" to the closest matching holes.
With most standard installations, you will install bolts through the bottom holes in the Slot Brackets, and insert the top bolts 6 holes above. This will provide clearance so the top bolts and nuts will not touch the main bracket when tilted into the kickstand angle as shown in the next picture. Notice that the bolts are inserted from the bag-side, except as noted next.
If you have a tall bike and the slot brackets are oriented with the slot on top, insert the bolt with the head on the slot-bracket side as shown. This will allow clearance with the main rack mount. This will make more sense when you get to the next step..
Expect the process of installing and removing the Carrier, and of pivoting the Carrier in and out of the kick stand orientation to rub some of the powder-coated finish off. This is normal.
Step 5 - Test the clearance at the bottom of the bag carrier with your bike straight up to see if it is at least 4 inches to a smooth surface without the added weight of a rider or set of clubs loaded. If not, make the necessary adjustment by re-bolting the carrier frame up or down as needed. Make sure that the nuts on the back side of the Frame do not touch the Rack Bracket when angled out into the kick-stand position. You can move the bolts up or down as necessary. .
Step 6 - Install the Rubber Bumper Bracket under the axle nut. After you have positioned your Bag Carrier with 4 inches of ground clearance, rotate the rubber bumper bracket to whatever angle is needed so that the bag Carrier Frame bumps up against it, then tighten the axle bolt as tight as it was when you removed it. If the Carrier Frame is close to the axle, then the rubber bumper bracket will probably be angled down quite a bit as in the picture below. As with all the nuts and bolts on your ebike, check the axle nut from time to time to make sure it remains tight.
Possible Kick Stand Interference - Most step-through ebikes will not have any issues with their kick stand interfering with the Bag Carrier. But kick stands are mounted differently on other bikes, and you might need to modify your kick stand, or add a spacer so the rubber bumper extends out farther from the bracket. Our kit is designed to fit step-through ebikes, and because this can vary so much, we don't supply the spacers and bolts that you might need to make it work for your bike. If your kick stand interferes, click here to see suggested solutions.
Step 8 - If you purchased the optional "Fiberglass Reinforced Rubber Mudguard," click on this picture to see how it fits under your fender brace.
If you have any questions about how our Golf Bag Carrier will fit on your ebike, please send an email with a full view of your bike and close-up pictures of the rack to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bag Carrier MSRP $
249 – Only $199 if purchased in
November. Fits on all ebikes with a rear rack, even tall 26 inch bikes. The kit includes the Bag Carrier Frame and tie-down cords, Mounting Brackets and hardware to secure to your bike rack, and a rubber bumper that attaches to your axle to keep the bag carrier away from your brake assembly. The Fiberglass Reinforced Rubber Mudguard for front fenders is optional ($10) and highly recommended so you don't "take the golf course home with you!" You can see all these parts on the Instructions Page.