Dogsbody

51 reviews
Colour
Jet Black

A simple solution to the hassle of hauling your bike around. Just whip off your front wheel, remove the seat and pop your precious toy inside the Dogsbody. For big trips, line it with 'disposable' cardboard to provide additional impact protection. Folds into a compact 'A4' package when you get to your destination.

+Features
  • Fits most road, touring and mountain bikes (including 29'ers and fat bikes) without having to remove stem or handle bars (no need for allen keys).
  • Sturdy carry handles and shoulder strap.
  • Lockable zippers.
  • Heavy-duty Cordura reinforcing protects the primary wear points: base, pedals and rear skewer.
  • Front drop-out spacer protects your forks in transit.
  • Internal pocket for stowing pedals and tools.
  • Folds into compact 'A4' x 5cm storage bag.
  • Dimensions: 172cm (wheel to handlebar diagonal) x 80cm (high).
  • Made for us in China.
+Tech

  Weight: 1200 gm

+Cordura
Super-tough 1000 Denier cordura nylon for maximum abrasion resistance.
  • Composition: 100% nylon with PU coating.

+Compare

  Tardis Dogsbody
Approx. Packed Dimensions 135 cm x 80 cm 172 cm x 80 cm
Bag Weight 1800 gm 1240 gm
Disassembly Required Moderate Minimal

+FAQ

+Packing your Tardis?
  • The Tardis takes the hassle out of carting your bike about on public transport. It provides reasonable protection from abuse but won't stop it from getting squashed. Strategic placement of cardboard or closed cell foam around the fragile bits can minimise bumps and bruises. Air travel is hard on luggage, so be prepared for a bit of wear 'n' tear. You'll need to dismantle your bike a little to fit it in. Think of the packaged bike as a sandwich - with the wheels providing structure on the outside, and the frame siting upside down between them.
  • Remove both wheels and slip into the internal sleeves. Tighten the straps.
  • Clamp your thru-axles, or skewers with the plastic spacers provided, into the dropouts on your frame and forks.
  • Remove your disk rotors if they end up clashing with the bike when loaded. Slide some cardboard between your disk pads to prevent them being inadvertently squeezed closed in transit.
  • Unscrew both pedals and stash them in the zip pocket.
  • Take off your handlebars by undoing the faceplate or removing the entire stem. Secure alongside the forks.
  • Whip off the rear derailleur and tape to the chain stay. Removing the derailleur hanger is generally best. If you take out the main derailleur screw instead, be careful when reassembling - it's easy to cross-thread, which is a bad way to start your holiday.
  • Fully lower, or take out the seat and seat post.
  • Place the bike upside down in the Tardis. Zip up, seat back upright, tighten the compression straps and lock your beast away.
  • Road bikes over 60cm and full-noise downhill bikes may need further disassembly to squeeze in.
+Packing your Dogsbody?
  • The Dogsbody takes the hassle out of carting your bike about on public transport. It provides reasonable protection from abuse but won't stop it from getting squashed. Adding 'disposable' cardboard stiffening or closed cell foam around the fragile bits can minimise bumps and bruises. Air travel is hard on luggage, so be prepared for a bit of wear 'n' tear.
  • Shift your rear derailleur into 1st gear - it's less exposed close to the frame.
  • Remove the front wheel and turn your handlebars so they are parallel with the top tube. There's no need to loosen the stem or remove the bars unless you have an extra long frame, or drop bars. Also slide some cardboard between your disk pads to prevent them being inadvertently squeezed closed in transit.
  • Unscrew both pedals and stash them in the zip pocket. Clamp your thru-axle, or skewer with the plastic spacer provided, into the front fork dropout.
  • Slip the bike, rear wheel first, into the round end of the Dogsbody. Slide the forks into the opposite corner. The front wheel should nestle neatly between the handlebars and frame.
  • Lower your seat and seat post, or remove entirely.
  • Zip up and lock your beast away.
  • Road bikes over 60cm and full-noise downhill bikes may need further disassembly to squeeze in. With touring bikes you can often get away with leaving the rear rack on.
+Differences between the Dogsbody and Tardis?
  • The Dogsbody requires only minimal disassembly of your bike when packing. Simply whip off your front wheel, seat and pedals.
  • The Tardis demands more effort (and skill) to take your bike apart and put together again. Both wheels, the handle bars and rear derailleur need to be removed. The payback though is a more compact package - handy in airports and crowded public transport. More importantly it fits in the standard luggage racks on fast trains like the TGV.
  • Both the bags weight less than 2kg. They collapse to an easily stored A4 package when empty - and do a fair impersonation of a picnic rug at your campsite when folded out.
+Pros & cons of a bike bag, bike box or hard case.
  • Bike boxes are cheap (generally free), relatively light and disposable, but bulky.
    • So are challenging to fit in a taxi or bus.
    • Difficult to manoeuvre around airports.
    • And consequently are more prone to baggage handler neglect.
  • Hard cases provide maximum protection, but...
    • Are quite expensive (NZ$600 - 1000).
    • Very bulky so you'll need to store at your destination. As with a box you'll be challenged loading it into a taxi, bus or metro.
    • And very heavy - typically 8-12 Kg. Add your bike at 12-15 Kg and you'll generally blow out your 23 Kg airline allowance. Plan to negotiate or pay for excess luggage.
    • They are probably a good option if you own a precious composite or Ti road bike with expensive exotic wheels.
  • Bike bags like the Tardis are...
    • Reasonably priced at under NZ$200.
    • Weigh in at under 2 kilos - providing plenty of headroom before hitting the standard 23 Kg excess baggage ceiling.
    • Are low bulk for getting around public places and transport.
    • Easy to take with you on tour as they compress to an tidy A4 package when not in use.
    • Provide effective protection from the usual sources of transport damage. Remember that a mountain or touring bike is well able to survive plenty of knocks and wear 'n' tear when used in anger. 
+Will my bike fit in this bag?
  • Road and touring bikes, hard-tails, XC and Trail dual suspension (26, 650B and 29 inch wheels) mountain bikes should easily fit into either bag. 
  • Fat bikes fit also, but you may beed to deflate the tyres to reduce their width.
  • Road frames bigger than 60cm may require more parts removed to squeeze them in.
  • Full-noise downhill bikes will struggle to fit - due to their moto inspired tyres, long wheel base, high front end and triple clamp forks (which won't swivel 180 degrees as required).

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4.3 Based on 51 reviews
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    10/05/2020
    Andrew
    Australia Australia
    Great bag for easy air travel and bike touring

    I purchased 3 of these bags for a family touring trip to Europe, flying into Vienna out of Budapest with mountain bikes. We did not want the hassle or drama of trying to source bike boxes prior to our homeward departure and needed something we could carry with us. Padded bike bags were out of the question as we had no way of transporting them. After researching the best way of packing bikes, we added foam, bubble wrap and cardboard to the most vulnerable areas, removed seat post, handlebars and front wheel, strapping them to the frame. Cardboard over rear hubs to prevent rubbing. Left the rear racks on both the 27.6 and 29 inch (although this was a bit of a tight squeeze and ended up wearing slightly on the bag). Packed gear around the bikes, adding luggage belt straps once packed and they arrived in great condition. Needed a bit of man-handling through the airport, but quickly developed technique with baggage trolleys. On the return trip, removed the rear rack, placed it upside down in the bag and sat the rear wheel on top, again packing our bags etc around. Worked well. Cable ties, cardboard from grocery shop and tape. These bags fitted well onto our rear racks, with ortlieb panniers clicking nicely into place each day. We left the Bodybag strapped to the rear rack for the duration of the tour, only removing them when we reached our destination to repackage the bikes. Highly recommended, bought with the understanding we would need to add extra protection. Looking forward to heading to NZ to travel the Hauraki Trail, post COVID-19.

    S
    21/02/2020
    Simon
    Australia Australia
    Disappointing

    Ok so I think Ground Effect kit is great, I've been adding it to my arsenel since the Bedford Row days and deeply mourned the death of my original cotton Supertankers. Functional and indestructible are two adjective I use when describing anything that comes from the Ground Effect stable. So it saddens me to say I think the Dog's Body is a bit of a swing and a miss. I get the feeling it was hatched as progression from a smart idea, namely the Tardis, but designed on a Friday when all everyone could think of was where the ride was the next day and signed it off before the job was done. Everything I like about the Tardis (yes, I have one which I have travelled with on numerous occasions), is what I dislike about the Dog's Body. Put simply, the Dog's Body is a bag you can fit a bike in, the blurb claims no more, but I expected a little bit more when you are dealing with an iconic brand. Where the Tardis has compartments to put wheels, the Dog's Body has nothing despite the removal of the front wheel being required. The Tardis has compression straps so there is no loose fabric and the once packed up everything feels sound, again the Dog's Body has nothing. The Tardis has padding for key wear points that jut out and yes looking at my old Tardis, they do wear, you guessed it, the Dog's Body has nothing. The description suggests 'line it with "disposable cardboard"'. Hang on, you know protection is a key issue, just add it to your solution, don't send me down the road to the shops to buy cardboard. So here I am with a Dog's Body and more money spent on some compression straps, cardboard and bubble wrap just so I feel confident using it.

    24/02/2020
    Ground Effect

    Hi there, thanks for placing your review. We are sorry to hear you are not happy with your Dogsbody. It has been designed to be as simple, light and packable as possible which we understand may not work for everyone. The beauty of this is you can pack the bike up and when at your destination recycle the cardboard in the airport bins, fold up the bag and ride away. If you are unhappy with your purchase then feel free to pop us a line at orders@groundeffect.co.nz or call us freephone on 1800 145 333.

    D
    02/02/2020
    Don
    Ireland Ireland
    It’s grand!

    Ideal for travelling on public transport. I haven’t used it on a flight yet. A handy addition would be big pockets on inside to shove clothes etc into!

    DS
    22/11/2019
    Damon S.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Decent bag - worth the money but could be a smidge bigger

    Decent bag. Definitely worth the money as it's one of the cheapest around. I did have a bit of a struggle getting my road bike in there. The seat tube was poking out the top, but with a bit of pressure I was able to zip the bag up with a bit more pressure on the zipper than I would have liked. Would be good if it had an outside pouch for the front wheel too. Still worth the money if you're looking for a cheap option. You'll need to add some cardboard to protect the bike too.

    RR
    12/11/2019
    Richard R.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Too small

    Not worth it if you have a 29er. I have a 140mm travel 29er and it is a nightmare to get it in. Its even difficult to get my wife's 27.5 in it. Can't understand why the bag isn't made a little bit bigger so you can actually fit things in without it being a serious squeeze, which ends up risking damage. Might as well buy a sack.

    13/11/2019
    Ground Effect

    Hi there Richard. Thanks for your review. The Dogsbody fits most road, touring and mountain bikes (including 29'ers and fat bikes) without having to remove stem or handle bars (no need for allen keys). You do need to remove the front wheel. If you're really having a tussle with it then fire it back for a refund. Pedal on, Ernie

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