The Specialist Buyers Guide for the Outdoor and Adventure Sports Industry
BARBIERI PNK was established thanks to the creativeness and insight of Mr. Adriano Barbieri who, tired of getting covered up to his neck in grease cleaning bike chains, in 1985 invented the CHAIN CLEANER, a simple and ingenious device that revolutionized the method of cleaning chain. A few years later Mr. Barbieri had an idea and conceived the minipump, that was then inexistent, by optimising the famous POMPITA that gave way to the era of the mini pumps, currently the only ones seen on the bike market.
Over the years Mr. Barbieri's son and daughter, Kalman and Nadia, entered the company who continue the activity adding the sales of various bike accessories to the Italian production of chain cleaners and mini pumps.
Innovation and product specialization are Barbieri's key words. Barbieri keeps on designing and patenting new products like:
- VISIONAIR, a double function pocket pump, that works both manually and with CO2 cartridge, with integrated gauge;
- CARB-ONE and CARB-TWO, carbon fiber mini pumps;
- TORNADO, the new chain cleaner model.
In 1982, Hartmut Ortlieb founded today’s ORTLIEB Sportartikel GmbH in Nürnberg. In 1997 the firm relocated to the franconian town of Heilsbronn, not far from Nuremberg. In 2007, ORTLIEB has celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The first products were made in pure personal need for waterproof equipment – it wasn’t available at the time!
ORTLIEB’s first products were created in a backyard garage in preparation of his first long bicycle and climbing tours: they were hand-made on his mother’s sewing machine: dry bags and bicycle panniers made of truck tarps. What started very simple has developed into a leading high tech enterprise with 100 employees.
ORTLIEB’s collection has grown to include over 300 individual products. Even today, everything is located under one roof: from development to engineering, production, sales and marketing, and shipment.
ORTLIEB products are characterized by tightly sealed closure systems: for example roll closures, waterproof zippers, velcro, or sliding seal closures. Many of the design features are patented and serve as the benchmark in the bike and outdoor market.