There are a couple of companies that seem to help define a type of cycling. Ortlieb is certainly one of them. They have been the number one choice for touring cyclists around the world for years. When the idea of riding to NAHBS was first dreamed up we knew that we only wanted to to do it if we could work hand in hand with Ortlieb. Along with KVA for the frame tubing, this was the first company we contacted.
In keeping with the spirit of integrated touring bikes, we designed and built the racks and frames specifically to work with the bags. So far so good!
We will let you know in the following days how well we succeeded or failed at this.
Right now all the bags and bikes are piled into an old Honda that I traded for a 29er frame and we are staying with Steve Nash In Seattle. Steve helps make some of the laser cut parts including boomerang dropouts. We will visit his shop on the way out of town. Steve has BIG tools.