Electric bikes may be new for many who are just getting comfortable with assisted pedaling and throttling up hills, but many early adopters have found new ways electric bikes can be utilized and the most popular adaptation yet is for golfers.
Electric Bikes are the New Golf Carts
Golf carts began to appear on courses in the 1930's but did not gain widespread acceptance until the 1950's and were only used by those with disabilities who could not walk the entire 18 holes. Today, golf carts are the standard for most courses seating 2, 4, or 6 golfers with their clubs.
Today, electric bikes are welcome by many golf courses and continue to gain popularity. While there are some bikes that are custom-built for the golf course, turning your golf bag into a zippy one-person, rideable caddy that can be rented from the pro-shop, many golfers prefer bringing their own bike and using an attachment to turn their bike into a personal caddy.
One of the most popular attachments like this is the DivnickGolf's auto-pilot golf bag carrier which can be attached to any electric bike with a rear rack, such as the Espin Nesta Premium. This carrier pivots out your golf bag into a kick-stand, allowing easy access to your clubs and pivots back into the upright riding position when you're ready to move on to the next hole.
These advancements have helped to decrease the time spent at each hole as each person is able to ride straight to their own ball, while also providing an option to get some exercise while on the course for those who prefer to pedal between holes rather than use the assist.
Because the carrier also sits on the side of the bike, many folks have attached a basket to the opposite side to hold the other golf gear you need to access at each hole like your range finder, water, sand towel, and scorecard.
The Best Bikes for the Golf Course
Step-through bikes rule the fairway when it comes to using them for golf. With 18 holes and a few swings at each, stepping on and off a bike with a higher set frame can get exhausting, especially for those who do not have full mobility.
Espin currently offers three different step-through frames such as the fold-able Nesta, , the fat tire Nero, and the zippy Flow. While the Nero and the Flow are ideal for those who have a bike rack, the Nesta is accessible for everyone as it folds up neatly and can be taken to the course in your car, right next to your clubs.