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Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ’s are divided into three sections:

GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT USING EBIKES FOR GOLF

Do all courses allow ebikes?
As with all new things, some courses are hesitant to allow ebikes on their course.  We have customers riding ebikes all over the world who report that about half the courses allow them to ride while the others are resistant. Click here to see a full discussion about this topic in our Golf Course section.  Be sure to read this before you ask your golf course if it is OK. 

What is “Intelligent Pedal Assist” (PAS) and how does it work?
It is an ingenious technology that adds motor assist as you pedal. Most ebikes have 3 or 5 levels of PAS. Our GolfEbikes have 7 so you can really fine-tune your ride.  You control how much assist you want with the touch of a plus/minus button. This allows you to get as much exercise as you want. You can set it to PAS-0 and not use the motor at all if you want maximum exercise. Or, you can use the throttle and ride it like a scooter without pedaling at all.

Do I need a special license to operate an ebike on the road?
Ebikes are governed by bicycle rules in most jurisdictions, so no special license is required.  But there are rules that vary from State to State, or country to country.  Always consult your local bicycle laws.  Click here to see the rules in the United States.

Can any ebike be used for golf?
No. There are some essential elements that are needed for golf.   At the very least, you need a sturdy rack on the back and fat tires.  We also strongly recommend a low step through frame since you will be getting off-and-on between every shot except putts…over 50 times off and 50 times on per round! It is much easier with a step-through.   The best ebike for golf is described here

There are ebikes selling for under $1,000.  Are they good value?

A lot of people make a mistake looking for the cheapest bike they can find.  But you should be wary of off-brand ebikes that advertise crazy-low prices. 

They are sometimes selling distressed inventory from manufacturers that are no longer in business. It seems like there are new ebike brands being sold on Amazon every week, and others going out of business just as often…with inventory to sell.  But they often go out of business because of bad ebikes. Search “ebike scams” for some scary stories.

Some sellers claim to have name brand battery cells, but that is not possible unless prices  reflect name brand components.  Several of our Golf Bag Carrier customers have told us that they got one of those cheap ebikes and regretted it.   One customer paid but never received a bike. Another purchased a bike at the beginning of the golf season that said it had a Samsung battery, but he had to replace the battery half way through that first season after only about 20 rounds of golf.  The company then sold him a replacement battery “at a discount” for $300, but the replacement battery started to lose range by the end of the season.  Clearly it wasn’t a Samsung battery.  This is a buyer-beware topic. You can suspect a listing  when the cost is way below the cost of reputable brand-name ebikes showing the same kind of features

Can I use a high-bar bike for golf?
We have a lot of customers with ebikes that have a high bar between the seat and handlebar such as the one shown here.  It is not ideal for golf because you can’t swing your leg up over the clubs on the back.  So you have to lean the bike over toward you to effectively lower the bar and lift your leg over it.  That might not be too difficult for normal use where you get on and off a couple of times per ride. But doing it between every golf shot might be too much for some people.  Step thru ebikes are much better for golf.

How fast are ebikes?
Class 2 ebikes are limited to 20 mph, which is quite a bit faster than traditional golf carts that top out at about 13 mph. But as a practical matter, you probably won’t ride it over 15 mph on the golf course, even though the larger-diameter soft tires handle bumps a lot more smoothly than a traditional sit-down golf cart, especially if you have front shocks and a suspension seat like our GolfEbikes.  Our Class 3 GolfEbikes can get up to 28mph, or more when you also pedal.  Of course, they won’t go that fast on soft grass, and you wouldn’t want to.  Of course, speeds depend on a lot of variables including the rider’s weight and fitness, wind, hills, tire pressure, and surface.  

How much will ebikes actually speed up the round?
To be sure, the practical limitation is whether or not everyone on the golf course has a bike, or their own cart. Because ebikes are so inexpensive, they can supplement a cart-fleet and get a golf course to the point where everyone can ride straight to his or her own ball. We are not advocating rushing the round, just eliminating waiting half the time in a cart while your partner determines which club to use, takes a few practice swings, finally hits the ball, wipes the club off, puts it back in the bag, and gets back in the cart. Then you can go repeat the process for your shot while he or she waits and watches.

But when you can ride to your own ball, you can play a true form of “ready golf”. As an example, when we go out on our bikes when no one is ahead of us, we can easily complete a round in 2 to 2 1/2 hours without rushing. …just reducing the long waiting periods between shots. Some golf courses offer ebikes for the first round of the day…so golfers can ride without every having to wait.  This becomes a sought-after tee time which helps illustrate the benefits if everyone on the course was on or in their own wheels.

We are not advocating rushing.

Golf is a game to be enjoyed.

We just want to eliminate sitting and waiting
half the time watching someone else play golf.

What is the impact on the grass? 

 

A 4 inch wide fat tire ebike has LESS THAN HALF THE POUNDS-PER-SQUARE INCH  impact on the grass as a golf cart! 

Golf carts weigh about 1,000 pounds, plus two 200 pound riders = 1400 pounds. Golf cart tires are 18” tall x 8” wide and do not “squish out”. There is about 3 inches of circumference in solid contact with the ground.   3×8=24″ x 4 tires = 96 square inches in contact with the ground.  1400 pounds divided by 96 = 14.58 pounds per square inch for golf carts.

Fat tire ebikes weigh 80 pounds plus a 200 pound rider = 280 pounds.  20×4 inch soft fat tires squish out to 5 inches wide on the turf. The larger diameter tires and combined squish have about 4.5 inches of circumference in solid contact with the ground. 5 x 4.5 = 22.5 x 2 tires = 45 square inches in contact with the ground.  270 pounds divided by 45 = 6.2 pounds per square inch for ebikes.

It’s not even close. Ebikes are easier on the turf than golf carts!

We also discuss this on the Golf Course page along with other golf course topics.

Is an ebike powerful enough to go up steep hills?
Ebikes with 500 and 750 watt motors can handle golf courses with modest hills quite well. Most have 7 gears, so you can gear down for hills and gear up for high speeds and long rides between holes if your course is spread out. By design, ebikes are meant to “assist” the rider’s own leg power. So they don’t have low-end torque and are not necessarily powerful from a dead start or up steep hills. Our  GolfEbikes have a powerful 750 watt motor and a lower 34-tooth “granny gear” than other ebikes, so it climbs steep hills much more easily than other ebikes.  

How does an ebike handle on wet grass, cart path edges, rocks, etc?
With low-pressure fat floatation tires, ebikes are very stable on wet grass. We have purposefully ridden up, down, and sideways on the steepest wet grass hills we could find without experiencing any slippage. Fat soft tires can also safely cross over ridges such as the edge of cart paths, as well as over small rocks on cart paths. Obviously, common sense always applies. For instance, if you are riding up over a cartpath ridge, approach it straight-on rather than at a slight angle. If your ebike has knobby tread, be careful on wet pavement or when the tires are wet from morning dew. Knobbies are not as good as the motorcycle tread on our GolfEbikes.

Will Ebikes attract younger golfers?
Yes, that is one of the benefits of single-rider devices. They allow the game to be played faster which is critically important for youth and young adults. Younger generation players are attracted to fitness so will like the ability of ebikes to provide as much exercise as they want. They also have the appeal of environmentally-friendly electric power.

Will Ebikes appeal to older golfers?
Absolutely. Riding a bike is easy. We all know how to do it. Riding an ebike is even easier than a traditional bike. Older golfers know they need exercise. But walking or jogging can be hard on older joints and muscles. When walking 18 holes becomes too difficult, riding a bike will EXTEND our ability to play golf, and provide much-needed smooth rotational exercise at a time in our life when exercise is vitally important. That is also good news for golf courses and the golf industry because it will keep older golfers playing more often and more years…and therefore spending more money at golf courses.

“Innovation can help golf attract the younger generation.”
Green Sports Alliance

What if it is raining?
Although there are some creative canopies for bikes available, as a practical matter, Ebikes don’t provide any protection from rain and it would be difficult to use an umbrella in the wind created by the forward motion. But then, most golfers don’t like to play in the rain anyway, even if they can retreat to a conventional cart between shots.

What are the advantages of folding ebikes compared to non-folding bikes?

It is very quick and easy to fold an ebike as shown at the 30-second mark here. They will easily fit into most car trunks…all the easier with a hatchback. If you have a mini-van, all you have to do is fold the handlebars down. As a bonus, folding bikes have a lower step-through height than non-folding ebikes. The hinge technology is very strong. There is no movement in the joints when locked. You can even take them for modest off-road rides, in the mountains, and on the beach. Our GolfEbikes are not only designed for golf, but they are great for hunting.  They are rugged folding cargo ebikes.

20×4″ fat tire folding ebikes usually weigh about 65 pounds (29.5 kgs).  Our heavy duty GolfEbikes weighs 72 pounds (32.7 kgs) with the 11.5 pound battery removed, 83.5 pounds with the battery (37.9 kgs). 

How should I carry things like cooler bags, scorecard holder, and cell phone?
We don’t sell those kind of accessories because they are commonly available on Amazon, Ebay, Walmart and other stores. Our Golf Ebikes include a drink bottle holder that will hold a Yetti, Stanley cup, or other large tumbler. We also offer a sand bottle holder and encourage all  golfers to carry a sand bottle to fix our divots and help keep the course in good shape. We want golf courses to know that ebikers are good for golf. You can get your own sand bottle (many are available on Amazon and other sources) or use one supplied by the course. All courses will gladly provide a bottle and sand for you…just ask. If you don’t have our GolfEbike with its own sand bottle holder, you can carry it in one of the side pockets of your golf bag or consider getting a wire basket such as the one shown in this picture. They are designed to hook over handlebars, but we recommend hooking it on the right side of your rear rack.    

How comfortable is the seat?

Most ebikes come with more comfortable seats than a bicycle, and often with a suspension post. If you want a wider seat, they are commonly available for under $30. Search “wide ebike seats.”   Our GolfEbikes come with a super wide and soft seat.

Do 3-wheel trikes work for golf?  Are they as good as 2-wheeled ebikes?

We have some customers with trikes. A trike doesn’t need to use our Bag Carrier as a kick stand as with 2-wheeled ebikes, so the Bag Carrier Frame is mounted to the back of the trike. 

A trike is stable on level ground, but not as desirable as a 2-wheeled ebike on the golf course.  With a trike, it is always “even with the ground,” so going across side-hills means that it will lean at the same angle as the hills.  With a 2-wheeled ebike, you are always “perpendicular to gravity.”  So even on a side hill, you are upright and more stable. Since the entire goal of using an ebike on golf courses is to be able to ride straight to your own ball, being able to ride along side hills is a great advantage for ebikes.  

To be sure, trikes don’t require balance.  But balance on a 2-wheel ebike is automatic as long as you are moving forward…and moving forward is easy with an ebike because you don’t have to pedal.  You can take off with the throttle, and then add pedaling if you want to.  So 2-wheeled ebikes are much better for golf than 3-wheeled trikes.

Do I get a tax credit if I purchase an ebike?
With the aims of protecting the environment and promoting green transport, Congress has launched a proposed bill called The Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment, or “H.R. 1019 – E-BIKE Act.” It has not passed yet, but we will make a big announcement if/when it does. Skyrocketing gas prices will add incentive for this bill.  With the growing popularity of ebikes, many people are leaving their car in the garage and riding their ebike to work or school and for local errands. It is reasonable to understand that if large segments of the population do this, it can make a HUGE impact on fuel consumption. So this kind of legislation is gaining support.

What are the liability issues for golf courses?
Liability and responsibility is not any different than the normal liability rules on the golf courses. The golfer is responsible for any accidents or damage whether walking, riding in a rented cart, or riding his or her own ebike. Because ebikes are new to golf courses, some may still be concerned about liability. We provide a simple liability and responsibility waiver you can print and have ready to hand the courses where you play if it comes up in conversation. We suggest you print it, sign it, and take it with you if you are going to a new golf course and aren’t sure if they welcome ebikes.

Ebike Golf Course Etiquette

First and foremost, be a good golf course citizen and follow all the rules of the course.

We encourage you to get a sand bottle from the course and repair all divots.  Our GolfEbikes have a built-in sand bottle holder.

Since fat tire ebikes have less than half the impact on grass than golf carts, most courses treat ebikes like bag carts and allow them to go wherever bag carts can go in normal course condition.  Being able to ride straight to your own ball is one of the unique advantages of ebikes, and it speeds up the game dramatically.

Some courses will treat ebikes like golf carts which will require you to enter and exit at the markers, and to park on paths near greens.

When a course is wet and “cart path only” ebikes should also stay on cart paths.

It is important to recognize that ebikes are new and golf courses are adapting.  If you have any questions about protocol, please ask your course manager.

How to Approach Golf Courses

Click here to see some suggested wording for how to approach your local golf course. This will continuously be updated as the market develops. Before you approach a golf course asking for permissino to ride your ebike, please review all of the information on our Golf Course page
 
If you have questions that are not covered in these FAQ’s, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Questions about the Quick-Attach Golf Bag Carriers – Patent Pending

Is it difficult to balance with the golf bag on the side.
No, not at all. You don’t even feel it. As kids, we all remember placing our left foot on the pedal, pushing off, then swinging our leg over the seat. But we could also stand on the pedal and coast as long as we wanted to without ever thinking about balancing. It is automatic.

The only time you “feel” the weight is when you stand the bike up from the kick stand angle. But as soon as you are riding, even slowly,  balance is natural and you won’t feel the weight.

Because you feel it when standing the bike upright, we recommend “going light” with a carry bag rather than a full-size staff bag, even though the Carrier will handle a large bag, and your balance will be automatic no matter how much it weighs. 

Can you use the “Bag Carrier As Kick Stand” on hillsides?
Yes, the Bag Carrier actually locks your bike to the ground on slopes. It doesn’t need to be on level ground.  Click on this picture to see an example.

Does the bag carrier fit on all ebikes with a rear rack?

Yes. Of course, bike racks vary significantly. The size of the tubing, the height, the arrangement of cross-bars on the top, and support bars from the frame…all different. Our universal-fit adapter makes it possible to attach our Carrier to any bike with a rack on the back. We haven’t found any where it won’t work. We even have customers who mount it to motorcycles and scooters  which they use just to transport their clubs to and from the course. You can see these photos at the bottom of the Gallery.  Be sure to review the Installation Instructions if you have any questions about your ebike being able to hold the Golf Bag Carrier

How difficult is the Golf Bag Carrier installation?
If you know your way around a screw driver and wrench, you will not have any trouble installing the Golf Bag Carrier. Click here to see the Installation Instructions.

It is even easier on our GolfEbikes which inclulde a mounting plate so you don’t need the universal rack bracket.

How important is the Mudguard?  Is it necessary?
Our Diamondplate Rubber 6×12 inch Mudguard attaches to the FRONT fender of fat-tire ebikes to prevent grass clippings, mud, and water from being thrown up on your feet and the bike.

Golf courses are always fresh-cut.  If you golf in the morning when there is dew on the grass, the front tire will throw grass up and cover the underside of your bike. So we highly recommend it.  Note that it is designed for fat-tire ebikes with FULL front fenders.  It does not work on short half-fenders.  

The rubber mudguards are not necessary on our GolfEbikes because they have an extra long front fender.

What is the Bag Carrier material and coating?

It is made of 5052 aluminum with a durable textured powder coating.

Why did DivnickGolf invent a bag carrier for ebikes when its telescopic adjustable loft club makes walking so easy with just one club?

That is a great question. Divnick Clubs are telescopic for easy travel and the Adjustable Loft Club can be used for the whole game which makes it VERY easy to walk. Even so, most of our customers use our clubs for travel, but they play with a full set at home where an ebike is a perfect solution. And of course, even if you are only carrying the “Whole-In-One Divnick Club” you can play the round a lot faster on wheels.

More about the motivation to develop Ebikes for Golf…

I have been asked many times what my motivation was for developing this ebike golf system. It is pretty simple. I’ve always liked to walk and get exercise while I golf. But now that I’m in my 70’s, my joints and muscles are sore after a round of golf, and I know that will progress over the years. I didn’t want to graduate straight into a “sit-down couch with 4 wheels,” so I started to look at single-rider options. But they didn’t offer any exercise, and they are way too expensive. I knew ebikes were exploding in popularity around the world and were therefore very inexpensive, so I thought:

                     “Why not combine two of my favorite things…golf and biking!”

As an inventor with several patents, all I had to do was figure out a great way to carry the clubs on a bike.  My first “proof of concept” on the golf course was a hit with everyone that saw it, so it didn’t take long to get it into production.   

Because of the health benefits, ebikes will keep me golfing more rounds per month and more years. Every golf course has hundreds of golfers my age. That means a lot more course-revenue for more years, and that’s a big winner for the golf industry.

Steve Divnick
Inventor – www.divnick.com

Is the Bag Carrier different for GolfEbikes than other ebikes?
It is basically the same, except for the “rack bracket” which is built in to the GolfEbikes.  The Universal-Fit model has a lot more holes for adjustment to height and other factors while the model for the GolfEbike doesn’t need that adjustability. 

If you have questions about the Bag Carriers that are not covered here, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Questions about Ebikes

How easy is it to fold ebikes?

It is very easy. You can see this at the 30-second mark in this video.  If you have a mini-van, all you have to do is lower your back seat and fold the handlebars. You can also fit it into a trunk or the back seat of a convertible like another of our customers.

Is a folding bike less durable than a non-folding bike?
It makes common sense that a non-folding bike is more rugged. But the folding mechanism on our GolfEbikes is so durable that there is no movement in the frame, and it provides the widest and lowest step-thru height of 16 inches which makes it easy to get on and off between every shot. GolfEbikes are designed for general off-road riding, including hunting, so they are plenty durable for golf. If you want to do off-road racing and jumps, then I would recommend a non-folding ebike.

How important is the battery?
The battery is by far the most expensive component in the bike, and a name-brand battery like Samsung, LG, or Panasonic is more powerful, lasts longer, and can be recharged many more times than non-branded batteries.  Click here to see an amazing report and why a name brand battery can give you a lot more range and can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

What are other ebike support resources?

When we send the shipping tracking confirmation to you, we will include links to the manuals and other support materials.  We encourage you to join the Facebook Groups for your ebike and learn from what many other people are experiencing. 

  • Youtube is rich with “How to” ebike content that applies to all ebikes including maintenance, adjustments, fixing flats, and anything else you will ever need to do on your bike. Many ebike components are the same across all manufacturers, so you learn a lot from YouTube and get instant answers.
  • If you have any questions about our GolfEbike, feel free to Contact Us.  Please include pictures to help explain your questions.

TROUBLE SHOOTING GUIDE FOR GENERAL EBIKE QUESTIONS
It is fastest to use the Internet as a Trouble Shooting Guide  Just type in a question or keyword in your favorite search engine, and you will probably see several answers and videos.  For instance, you will eventually need to adjust your brakes.  If you search, “Adjusting Ebike Brakes” you will find dozens of references and tutorials.  Here is one that I have used: https://www.towerelectricbikes.com/how-to-adjust-bike-brakes

How easy is it to assemble an ebike?
Our GolfEbikes come mostly assembled. There are just a couple of things to insert and tighten.  All the wires and cables are already connected. The necessary tools are included. Package contents and assembly instructions are included.  If you prefer to have someone else assemble it for you, most local bike shops will assemble for a modest charge.  Ebikes have already become so popular that some locations have mobile assembly services. Search “mobile ebike service”

If you have questions about the ebikes that are not covered here, please don’t hesitate to ask.