The BodyFloat™ Story

The BodyFloat™ isolation seatpost was born out of necessity by founder Paul Barkley while serving in the Peace Corps on the rough roads of Uganda. While bicycle evolution was clearly not the mission of his trip, he found it essential to improve his endurance in the saddle while traveling extended distances on two wheels.

As an excellent bike mechanic, former frame designer, fabricator and bike shop owner he invented the first crude version of a suspension seatpost. This design became the basis of the current BodyFloat™; a technically advanced isolation system that dramatically improves the comfort and performance of any bike.

At the end of summer 2011, Barkley and Charlie Heggem  formed Cirrus Cycles to bring  the BodyFloat  to market.


Company Management: 

David Calapp, CEO
David is a former CEO of both public and private companies, with strong operations and management skills and start-up to billion dollar company experience. David has led the successful development and launch of over 50 consumer products and is educated with a BSME and MBA. 

Paul Barkley, CFO
Paul, the inventor of the Bodyfloat™, started in the cycling industry in the early 70’s, working in numerous shops and eventually founding Kulshan Cycles in Bellingham, WA.  He gained a solid reputation as a custom bicycle frame builder and  built the early prototype and team frames for the Softride bikes from 1989 to 1992.   In mid 90s he left the cycling business to finish a BA in Economics at the University of Washington and earned his CPA certification.  Barkley served as a business financial consultant to clients ranging from manufacturing and agricultural businesses to nonprofit organizations.  He designed the first BodyFloat™ for transportation when assisting village development groups in Kenya and Uganda.   

Jeff Arvin, Operations Manager
Jeff was the founder/owner of a successful manufacturing business that he recently sold. He brings his experience in project management, operations, personnel management and strategic marketing development to the Cirrus team.

Charlie Heggem, Sales Director 
Charlie is owner of NorKa Recreation, a Whatcom County, WA based recreation production company that creates, builds and delivers recreation events to the  community and region.  NorKa’s marquee event is Festival 542, a multi-sport-recreational festival held annually in the foothills of Whatcom County.  Heggem began competitive cycling in the late 80’s and eventually turned pro in the mid-90’s as a world cup level rider.   Always with a saddle under him, Heggem has shared his passion for cycling with thousands of participants through a diverse resume of events, including : The Vietnam Challenge, Face of America, Riding Through History, BC Bike Race, USA Pro Cycling Challenge.   Heggem brings  a breadth of innovative ideas, valuable marketing platforms, events, unique experiences and diverse resources to the table.

John Pratt, Director of Marketing Support and Customer Service
 John is a life-long cyclist with extensive experience in photojournalism and commercial photography. He has worked for numerous cycling publications over the years, such as Bicycling, Velonews, Winning and numerous others. As our "media" guy, he brings his eye for design and passion for cycling into our family. John has a BFA in photography and an MA in behavioral studies.