The BodyFloat™ came about as the blend of two passions: cycling and the desire to help others.
Twenty years ago, BodyFloat™ inventor Paul Barkley was serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda, using his old Softride suspension bike to navigate the rough African roads.
Years later, the Softride long since gone, Barkley again found himself assisting rural village development groups in Kenya and Uganda. Needing to cycle between remote villages, he was looking for a spring seatpost to ease the ride.
None of the available spring seatposts provided the features he was seeking, so he was inspired to build one himself.
He found that the first prototype worked so much better than expected that he continued refining the design, building several more versions, improving the spring rate, travel, durability and weight.
What emerged in the spring of 2011 was the patent pending dual spring version that allowed the BodyFloat™ to be lighter, more compact and suitable for performance road bikes.
At the end of summer 2011, Barkley and Charlie Heggem formed Cirrus Cycles to bring the BodyFloat to market allowing him to pursue two of his passions, cycling and sustainable grassroots development.