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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us freephone on 1800 145 333.
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!
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.
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.
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