Dogsbody

65 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.
  • 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. If you rock extra-wide bars or an extra-long frame, you'll also need to unscrew the front plate of your stem and release the handlebar. 
  • 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 into the front fork dropout. If you have a quick release skewer use the plastic spacer provided, 
  • 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 fit into either bag. 
  • Fat bikes fit also, but you may need to deflate the tyres to reduce their width.
  • Some 29" long travel enduro-style bikes with slack head angles may not fit in the Dogsbody - the Tardis is a better option.
  • Downhill bikes will struggle to fit in either bag - due to their 'plus' tyres, long wheel base, high front end and triple clamp forks (which won't swivel 180 degrees as required).

+ Shipping
  • Items are generally packed and sent the same day your order is received.
  • Costs $7 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$7 by tracked airmail to Australia.
  • Around NZ$15-25 by tracked airmail to destinations elsewhere in the world - calculated in our shipping cart as you check out. 
    • More shipping and tax details in our FAQ.
    Customer Reviews
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      GM
      28/05/2022
      Genevieve M.
      New Zealand

      had to get a bit creative to get bike in

      The only way my small enduro bike would fit was to remove the bars, snug them in alongside my forks, and put the bike in upside down. Perfect. My husband's large enduro bike fit like this too. Except now the carry handles on the 'wrong side' of the bag and it wouldn't be too cool to store the bike upside down on the plane. ANy way to tweak the design of this bag to have handles/straps that work no matter which way your bike was placed inside?

      GC
      02/05/2022
      Greg C.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Dogsbody

      Got a new Dogsbody for a trip over Easter where we flew to Nelson. followed instructions and didn't have any problems fitting my large mountain-bike though it was a tightish fit. Found a couple of tears in the bag where the front forks sit upon arrival in Nelson and doubt it'll survive too many more trips.

      PH
      09/12/2021
      Peter H.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      dogsbody

      My Giant E Mountain Bike with 27.5 wheels just fits and no more into my "dogsbody".

      A Ground Effect Customer
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      05/11/2021
      Neil

      Tardis & me

      We are inseparable on tour. Internationally and NZ. After COVID we go around India together. Bit heavy but tough as. Uses include bike cover, ground sheet, sit upon if damp, windbreak , pillow, never lose washers and nuts on roadside repairs. Adjustable strap KATI.

      A Ground Effect Customer
      KJ
      16/07/2021
      Katy J.
      Japan Japan

      I’m a fan

      I recently went on a bikepacking trip in the far north of Japan and I used the Dogsbody bag to get my bike from Tokyo to Wakkanai (it’s the furthest north train stop in Japan) for my trip. It took two days of travel and five trains to get there, and the Dogsbody bag held up through all of it. I have a rack attached to the back of my bike and I could still zip it closed. It took some finagling but it happened. As a newbie to bike on train travel, I really appreciated the instructions written on the outside of the storage bag, The only thing I found was that I think my arms a little shorter than the typical user as I couldn’t use the shoulder strap and hold on to the side handle at the same time. I’d love for the shoulder strap to be adjustable to allow for shorter humans to use all the handles! Overall, I’m delighted. Thanks Ground Effect.