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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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
Took my bike on a MTBO tour of northern Europe.
Lightest bike bag available, important when travelling on public transport.
The bag survived the trip but several holes. The pads providing protection for the wheel axles are still set at 26 inch, and only just reach for the 29 inch wheel - IF the bag is packed optimally and doesn't move much in transit.
I added a set of wheels on the back, allowing the ability to "drag" the bag. This was helpful going through train stations.
But don't expect any soft bag to protect your bike from crush hazard: witnessed my bag being laid on a plane luggage trolley and 3 layers of normal suitcases put on top. Baggage handlers seem to enjoy squashing bikes...
So the next improvement for me is to develop corner crush protectors but keep the whole bag light...
Taxi drivers were impressed that this bag would slide and fit onto the back seat!
The lightest and protecting bike bag has not been invented yet...but this bag is a start.
Sure it takes a bit of effort to dismantle the bike and I bubble wrapped frame etc. They also provide fork protection against squashing them. Stacks of room for extras inside. Youtube shows you how to pack..... .
Bought this as it came highly recommended by friends.
It arrived in Auckland the next day (love that) and was easy to pack up my pretty slack, large frame, 29er.
This bag is light, so I’ve been able to pad the bike with clothes etc.
Have no doubts it’ll travel safely, would recommend