Ebike Golf Bag Carrier Instructions
Last Updated : June 21, 2021
This page will describe how to use the Golf Bag Carrier while playing golf, and then photo-instructions for how to mount it to your ebike. It will include instructions specific to your ebike as we develop a library of all the variety of ebikes and rear racks that are available.
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.
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 rubber bumper first, about half way to the kick-stand position, then lift UP on the Carrier and slide it off. As you slide it off, rotate the bottom of the Carrier back toward the rubber bumper. 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 it can drop down into the carrying notch. 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. When it auto-pivots back to the vertical riding position, the heavier the bag, the harder it pivots back to the rubber bumper. Of course, you can “ease” it back by putting your hand against the top of the bag a little.
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.
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.
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 by applying duct tape to the underside of our rack 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 order, we will provide specific instructions for that rack. This first series of pictures will give you an idea of what is involved and how to do it. 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. Be sure to lubricate the 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. You can also prevent this by threading it 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 the original Lectric bike rack (not the 2.0 model) which does not have large enough tubes to drill. So the "under clamp method" is used as will be the method for many racks..
Step 1 - Attach the rubber bumper bracket.
Step 2 - 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.
Note for RadRunners: Click here to see specific RadRunner Bracket Mounting Instructions. Do read the rest of the instructions on this page, but the photo of the RadRunner installation will be very helpful.
Step 3 - Place the slot-brackets over the blades as shown. This orientation is with most of the height-adjustment holes ABOVE the blades and slots. If you are installing on a 26 inch bike, you will place the slot-brackets with the height-adjusting holes BELOW the blades and slots.
Step 4 - Lean the bag carrier 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. An easy way to attach the carrier at the correct height is to place it on a 2x4 on edge, or a 4x4 piece of wood with the bike leaning on the bike's kick stand and the Bag Carrier straight up. A 2x4 or 4x4 is actually only 3 1/2 inches wide, but with the bike leaning over, it raises the bottom of the bag carrier about 1/2 inch which results in the desired 4 inch clearance while riding. 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, you will have less than that when you get on which will squish the tires a little...and 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 relocating the height of the slot brackets.
NOTE: Use all 4 of the small bolts and nuts, positioned as far apart as possible, and make sure that they do not touch the rack bracket when pivoted out into the kick stand position. In most installations, the bolts and nuts will be ABOVE the rack bracket as shown in the lower right photo.
As noted in the picture, there is a little tolerance between the bolts and the holes. This is to allow you to line the slots up with the blades. With the bolts snug but not so tight that you can't move the slot pieces, adjust the slot pieces so they are lined up with the blades and then tighten them. Test the alignment by removing and installing the Carrier Frame, and adjust as necessary. 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. Thsi is normal.
Note for Lectric Bikes: If you have a Lectric with their stock rack, you can use the following hole positions without needing to measure. The top bolts are in the 7th hole down in the bag carrier, and the bottom bolts are in the 3rd hole up...which correspond to the top and bottom holes in the slot brackets. The above pictures show the Carrier being installed on a Lectric.
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 in the holes on the Carrier Frame. 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. They don't need to be in the top and bottom holes in the slot brackets.
Step 6 - 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.
Step 7 - 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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