Dogsbody

47 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

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

▸ Weight
1200 gm
▸ 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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    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

    BM
    19/09/2019
    Brendan M.
    Australia Australia

    Dogs bodybag

    Large frame giant trance hasn't a hope to fit unless bars and seat removed.. Not a major drama, but not how advertised..

    25/09/2019
    Ground Effect

    Hi Brendan, thanks for your review. We do advise under the FAQ on our website 'Packing your Dogsboy' that: you might have to remove the bars if your frame is extra long; plus lower your seat and seat post, or remove entirely. Hope that helps, Ernie

    JH
    24/07/2019
    Janet H.
    Australia Australia

    Body Bags

    We purchased two Body Bags to transport our Hybrid bicycles to Paris and return.Overall the bags were fantastic and a lot easier than boxes. They certainly have signs of wear and tear but held up and our bikes have little damage.(Mine received more damage by a taxi driver who insisted they would fit in his car- it was pushed in and squashed damaging the hanger) We also got better at packing as time went by. We had a pannier in each bag with the bikes as well as all the tools etc.If the bags were a little wider, you could hang the pannier on the bike rack.The bags were also very handy on the fast train network in France where bicycles must be bagged) Thankyou Ground Effect.

    S
    12/07/2019
    steven

    bike damaged every time

    I so much wanted to like the Body Bag as my wife and I travel regularly with our bikes. On a recent three-month trip to Europe, we used the bags on three occasions and every time the bikes were damaged. Yes, I used bubble wrap, cardboard and other cushioning materials, but to no avail. While I blame the baggage handlers at various airports, it still doesn't hide the fact that the bags don't offer enough protection to be a reliable option. While I could be accused of not packing the bikes with enough padding, every time I've flown before (with cardboard bike boxes from bike shops), we've never had a problem. To make matters worse, on the last flight, the zipper got damaged on one bag and now it won't open completely, which means getting the bike in and out is ... problematic. I wouldn't recommend this product. Sorry.

    MC
    28/06/2019
    Milton C.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Good quality

    I ordered this so that I could carry it with me on a tour crossing France. I flew back from Mulhouse airport without the opportunity of padding the frame and mech or even packing a few sheets of cardboard in to protect the bike. My bike survived mainly because this is an excellently made product. Only a small amount of disassembly is required and, in fact, I was able to leave even a rack (Vigo) on the bike. It is. at 1.2 Kilos, also light enough to take on the trip with you which is a real help.

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