Tardis

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Colour
Jet Black

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

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

▸ Weight
1800 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

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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. 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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    GL
    03/03/2019
    Geoff L.
    New Zealand

    Great design, a Tardis it surely is!

    I could not be happier with my new Tardis. It fits my large Surly ECR with its 3 inch tyres with room to spare. I don't even have to deflate the tyres to fit them in. The bag itself is made of sturdy stuff and has carry straps in the right places to make lugging it around possible. Highly recommended!

    CB
    06/02/2019
    Chris B.
    Australia

    Tardis

    We bought them to carry Bike Friday Folding Bikes on Austrian and Italian trains in May and June this year. We might do a review then. Cheers Chris

    AR
    02/02/2019
    Andrew R.
    Australia

    Awesome Option For Transporting Your Pride and Joy!

    I have used this for 2 trips now; an overseas to the UK and interstate to Tassie. It really does exactly what it says on the website. If you package the bike up as instructed it arrives safe and sound. I use the foam tubing that my bike was originally shipped in and wrap the whole frame plus wheels in bubble wrap. It's light as well which is a major plus. On my recent Tassie trip my bike packaged with 4 days of riding clothes, helmet/shoes, Camelbak and tools came in at 20kg - just light enough to carry using the shoulder strap. No hassle! One point to note is that wherever you travel you are at the mercy of local baggage handlers. On my recent Tassie adventure the Tardis came out in the oversize baggage section both legs, however on my international flight it came out on the carousel which was a bit worrying but it wasn't any the worse for wear! Only warning is to watch out for pulling the straps too tight - I did it and the brake caliper pricked 2 holes in the material - nothing to worry about but just to be wary of. If you are over lumping boxes around, and don't want the weight penalty of the high-end options, the Tardis is the perfect solution.

    LD
    21/01/2019
    Leon D.
    New Zealand

    Tarsis Review

    My 18.5 Trek Ex8, 29 fitted inside with now problems, added some cardboard for a bit of padding, foam noodles on forks. Instructions simple and easy to follow.

    DR
    11/12/2018
    Dave R.
    New Zealand

    Great bag

    Bag worked brilliantly on 1st trip. Lots of room, easy to pack and carry. Only minor gripe is that the axle tubes that were provided were too small in diameter for the bikes axles (which are standard thru-axles for Enduro Spec MTB )

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