Golfer e-bike handles the heavy lifting around the course
Hovercrafts, scooters, skateboards and jetpacks. We've seen some pretty out-there ideas when it comes to helping golfers across the links. A new electrified pushbike might not be the most exciting of the bunch, but it may have practicality on its side with a purpose-built step-through frame and cargo rack for lugging clubs around the course.
Simply called the Golfer, the e-bike is made by New Zealand-based company gbike, which says it is a product of two years' experience cycling around golf courses. The 20-inch step-through frame will make for easier hopping on and off, while an adjustable seat stem should mean it can be ridden by different sized golfers.
The lithium-ion battery sits on the down-tube and is removable through a key-lock mechanism, so it can be pulled off and plugged in after the 18th. It takes around four hours for a full charge and helps the rider along via a Bafang mid-motor fitted to the crank, covering up to 50 km (30 mi) of pedal-assisted course cruising on each charge.
A full electric mode is also avilable, with a thumb throttle nudging the Golfer along and front and rear disc brakes bringing it to a stop. There is also suspension up front and all-terrain tires for when you venture into the rough. And for those who like the bike but don't like golf, an Urban model is available, which simply comes without the club carrier.
The Golfer e-bike is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Early pledges of US$3,000 are available, with the company hoping to ship in June 2018 if all goes to plan. You can see it in action in the video below.