How to Pack Royd Bike Bag

Ever wanted the freedom of not relying on public transport or taxis when travelling with your bike? Well our Royd Bike Bag is designed to encourage you to ride to and from the airport due to its soft and foldable construction. Packing it is easy, but does require some dismantling of your bike. Watch as Dave shows you how!


Hey, Dave here from Brisbane Outdoor Gear. This is a quick video to show how to pack your bike into our soft and flexible bike bag, called Royd and how to fold your bag up when you get to your final destination to make it small and you more nimble.  The premise behind this bag is that it is soft and flexible. It is foldable so you can chuck it into your backpack riding to and from the airport (check out other ways to get this weight off your back). When you get to the airport, you unload everything into the bag, including the bike so then all you have is a carry on bag. Because Royd is soft and flexible, it does require you to take apart your bike to fit everything in. Here is how to do it!

So once you’ve unfolded your bag, you need to open it up. This is a bag that I have been using for a little while now, so it is a little dirty. Essentially, what you are going to notice is that there are two white patches on opposite sides of the bag (these white patches are now partially covered with a lining fabric creating a slip pocket so you can add extra padding here if you wish). These white patches are where the centre of your wheel gets placed. Across the bottom of the bag, there is also the white padding which is where your top tube gets placed (likewise this white bar is now also covered with lining fabric, creating a sleeve to attach more padding should you wish).

Essentially your bike goes in the bag upside down. So grab your bike and strip it down into the base components. You need to remove your wheels, your seat post and seat, your stem and handlebars, and also if you have a derailer, it also needs to be removed. When you remove your derailer, make sure you pad it up and tape it to your frame so it doesn’t flap around and break (we discuss how to pack a valuable bike in another video).

1. When you remove your wheels, make sure you run the wheel-nuts right to the end. You don’t want your axle visible, because it has a smaller surface area than the wheel nut and can poke through your bag. It is also recommended that you let down your tires so they are nice and soft. So, this is essentially where the wheel goes. As you can see, the axle of the wheel rests on the white pad there. You then put your frame on top, and your second wheel offset to this one.

2. The frame needs to go into the bag upside down, so the top tube faces the padding at the bottom of the bag. As you can see, I have removed the front wheel, removed the rear wheel, removed the chain and zip tied the the chain to the frame to stop it flapping around. You can remove the chain completely with a chain breaker if you want. However, I don’t bother with this (this is, after all, my polo bike). You will also notice I have removed the seat and seat-post, as well as the stem and handlebar combo. The next step is to put the spacer dropouts in your spacers to give them a little extra protection during travel (don’t have any? No problem, learn to make your own bike drop out spacers on the cheap!). Now that the wheel is in the right place, you just need to move the frame into the correct place. If you have any sort of protection, like an old hose,  cut your hose and wrap it around your chainring teeth so your teeth don’t poke through the bag. Alternatively, you can zip tie the chain to the chainring to protect the bag from your chainring teeth.

3. Now that everything is in place, grab the other wheel. Again, I have let the pressure out of the tire and run the wheel-nuts to the end of the axle to increase their surface area. This time, rather than being on top of the current wheel, it is actually offset, so the axle is over the other white padding.

4. Now, you need to grab some Rigging Straps and use them to hold everything together to stop it rattling around. For example run a clip holding your wheels to the frame.  These are polo mallet clips, or our Rigging Straps. We have a tonne of these. You can also just use zip ties or basically just anything to hold it all together and stop it rattling around. Heck, even electrical tape works in a pinch! The more you use, the more secure it is.

5. From here, the bag is basically packed, you just need to grab other things you haven’t already put in, (seat and seat post) and also your pedals. These loose things I like to chuck in the packing bag, along with my lock, pump and toolkit, just so when I get to my final destination, I know I have everything I need. So this packing bag, as you can see is quite big so you can stuff extra things in there as you need, being your clothes or whatever you can think of. Now just place it in the bag between the top wheel and front forks.

That is all there is to it, but you can add extra protection as you see fit, by throwing in your clothes into any small gaps or laying extra padding across the top if you have any. if you have any cardboard lying around that you want to give your bike any more protection, just put it over the top. All that needs to be done now is zip it up, and do the clips up. Make sure to compress the bag down so the contents don’t rattle around.

Now, I will show you how to fold up your Royd to pack it into your carry bag when you get to your final destination:

1. Once you have arrived at your final destination, remove everything from the pack, and zip it up.

2. Next is to do up the clips. To pack the bag, what we are trying to do is get it as small as possible so it fits into your carry bag. The easiest way to do it is have a look at all of the seams on the top, as they are essentially your fold lines.

3. The first step is to fold up across the seam closest to the bottom of the bag. So you grab your base and fold it up, making sure you fold it down flat.

4. From here, you fold in the two sides, along the seam lines.

5. Next the handles need to be tucked in so they are out of the way and won’t flap around,

6. And then fold across the centre seam.

7. Finally, you fold across the centre seam again, making sure the handle is on the inside of the fold.

That there is the packed up Royd. If you have your clothes in the carry bag, you can just hold the Royd together with some straps and chuck it in your bag. I personally just chuck it in the carry bag, and zip it up. To attach Royd to your handlebars or your bike frame, use the long compression clips attached to the packing pouch. Other methods of getting this weight off your back is discussed here.

So that is how you pack up your Royd, folding it up origami style just so you can chuck it in your backpack for the final ride away from the airport. Royd can be found on our website in standard colours and ready to ship, or if you were looking for something a little unique we can custom build your own Royd Bike Bag for you!

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  • Ron Chan

    ROYD BIKE BAG – Can this bag holds a Fat Bike?

    • bocrew

      Hey Ron, unfortunately not. A Fat Bike would be too large to fit in our Royd Bike Bag.

      • Ron Chan

        Thanks for the fast reply :)