Geoffrey Barnett grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Cycling and building things in the shed were his main hobbies. He rode a bike to school, to uni and never felt the need to own a car. When he graduated from uni with an arts degree, he went straight to Japan to work as an English teacher. Watching the near immobile traffic of Tokyo, he soon dreamed up the idea of cycling over the top of it!
He returned home to start working full time on designing a working prototype. As the months became years, his creativity, dedication and building skills were pushed to their limits. Finally, after six years of designing and testing, he had reached the point where he could let the public test ride the concept for them selves.
Having always loved travelling and the outdoors, Rotorua came as the natural choice for a place to showcase the technology. Geoff loves working in the adventure tourism industry and interacting with visitors from a huge diversity of cultures. He is dedicated to providing exceptional service and finds it very rewarding to talk face to face with his customers and get their reactions to this one-of-a-kind ride experience.
He and his family live on the lakeside with a thermal bath in the back yard where he takes the occasional break from developing and promoting the Shweeb. His ambitions are to realize his dream of Shweebing through a city, and to beat his best time of 1:02:8!