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Necessity is the mother of invention

The impulse for developing the first waterproof bicycle panniers worldwide was set when a student, named Hartmut Ortlieb, and his gear, got soacking wet on a holiday in the British constant downpour. ORTLIEB’s first waterproof dry bags and bicycle bags were handsewn out of truck tarp by the company’s founder himself on his mother’s sewing machine. He tested the gear himself together with his friends on bicycle and climbing trips. Hartmut even developed and constructed the machines by himself adapted to our specific manufacuring processes.