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Tardis

125 reviews
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Trip through space with your very own time machine. The Tardis transforms your ungainly treadly into a compact bundle - handy when smuggling it onto planes and trains. Unbolt the stem to release handlebars, whip off the pedals and rear derailleur, then remove the wheels and seat. The frame is cunningly placed upside down with the wheels loaded on either side to protect the fragile bits. Shrinks into a compact package when you get to where you're going. Doctor Who?

+Features
  • Fits most mtbs (including 29'ers and fat bikes - but not big downhill rigs), road and touring bikes.
  • Dual compression straps ensure a snug fit for smaller bikes.
  • Adjustable sleeves fit 29, 26 or 650B wheels.
  • Sturdy carry handles and shoulder strap.
  • Internal sleeves locate wheels.
  • Lockable 10 coil zips.
  • Front and rear drop-out spacers protect your frame 'n' forks in transit.
  • Internal pocket for stowing pedals and tools.
  • Foam padding at hub protects bag from rubbing.
  • Folds into compact 'A4' x 8cm storage bag.
  • Dimensions: 135cm x 80cm
  • Made for us in China.
+Tech

  Weight: 1800 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

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+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 $9 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$12 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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      LS
      23/06/2024
      luke s.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom

      Great Bag

      I actually borrowed one of these last year for a trip to Japan. Worked so well that when I had to give it back I bought one of my own. Packs itself away small enough to be carried from point to point tours as well if you’re up for the challenge. Simple but really effective and always packs up better than I expect. The straps are in a bit of an odd spot for my frame type but that’s no issue at all on the move.

      SB
      21/06/2024
      Stew B.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Tardis Bike Bag

      Excellent bike bag for price to travel with. Have never had bike damaged in one of these when travelling. Great product and service to obtain from Ground Effect.

      DK
      28/12/2023
      david K.
      Canada Canada

      Tardis

      I haven’t actually used the bag yet ( bought it on the recommendation of avid cyclist but judging from the quality of materials and price point I’m sure it will work for me

      JM
      02/10/2023
      John M.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Outstanding!

      We purchased two Tardis travel bags prior to flying to Perth to ride the Mundi Biddi Trail. After 6 flights I have to say that the bags outperformed our expectations. We spent about an hour packing the first bike, with plenty of cardboard to protect the drivetrain, brakes and any sharp edges, but now have it down to less than half that. Traveling with them is a breeze, although they can be a little awkward to carry when loaded close to 23kg, so try to keep them as light as you can. However, they are so much easier than a box and the best thing about them, when you get to your destination, just make up your bikes and store the bags, (cardboard, tape, tools, etc) away in a small airport locker and everything is ready for you upon your return.

      NG
      29/07/2023
      Nico G.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Buy it!

      This is an outstanding bag. Fits my large travel 29er nicely. Bag is lightweight and you can add some of your gear as extra protection for the frame. With the right preparation bike will be safe on the travels, no doubt. Material is durable and looks like it will last for years to come. Folds up next to nothing during your trip. Don't waste your money on heavy, expensive bags. Buy this one, it even fits in the boot of a Prius. Shipping from groundeffect was super fast! Thank You!