When Clarijs was founded by two brothers in 1948, their original plan was to make saddles for the domestic Dutch bicycle market. When this line of work slowed down, they decided to branch out and use their equipment to make canvas sails. However, still keen on the idea of creating something useful for the growing bicycle market, the brothers took the expertise gained from their textiles work and started making panniers. The tough materials that they had used for ships’ sails proved to be perfect for the hard life of a bicycle bag, and once they had found their true calling they never looked back.
A few generations down the line and Clarijs is still a family business. However, instead of using canvas like their grandparents, most of the bags that they make nowadays are constructed from a super-robust Bisonyl PVC fabric. This material is best known as truck tarpaulin, covering lorries around the world and protecting cargo from the elements. The fabric is designed to be immensely strong, totally waterproof, fade resistant, and able to withstand extreme heat and cold – if it’s good enough for the global haulage industry, then it’s probably tough enough for our bikes!
In addition to their original and highly functional panniers, Clarijs are also famous for their cargo bike covers and rain tents. Because they make everything by hand and from scratch in the Netherlands, custom colours and even company logos can be incorporated into their products. Clarijs were even kind enough to produce a line of Flying Dutchman panniers for us, so we’ll be sure to upload some pictures once they arrive – we can’t wait!