Without question, I love my Inspire bike–the one pictured here is actually not my familiar looking Inspire. A few months ago, I was fortunate to be encouraged to keep riding and keep progressing by the wonderful people at Liv/giant and received a carbon fiber Avail Advanced 0 with electronic shifting. I can’t stop riding this bike. It is light but still very smoothly connected to the road, absorbing bumps but not numb to them, an easy ride but not so easy that one doesn’t still feel the challenge of many miles and looming hills. It is as life should be. Inspiration comes in so many forms. The Advanced itself is such a beauty; the faces and people who brought it to me and champion women’s biking–and all biking–have done so much to simply make life on the bike peaceful, exhilarating, comforting, and joyous, including mine. Emily Gresh
Here are a few images from the Tour de Pink California–an incredible ride for many, many reasons. Thanks to the Young Survival Coalition and Giant Bicycles for this ride which supports young women facing breast cancer. It was a pleasure to ride my Inspire bike for 200 plus miles, but mainly it was pervaded by an intense feeling of being surrounded by survivors kicking ass on bikes. As I was inspired by seeing other young women survivors out there riding during my own diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, I hope others continue to be inspired. It looks sunny and beautiful here but the journey is a long one for us all. Emily Gresh
A quick post on this great contest (link above). It was definitely an honor and truly amazing experience to be a part of the first year of the contest sponsored by Giant Bicycles, highlighting the women’s brand Liv/giant and benefitting the Young Survival Coalition. Having my design selected as the winning design was such a joy. And, even better, sales from the bike raised $75,000 for the Young Survival Coalition, helping thousands of young women and their friends and family members find support during their experiences with breast cancer. I look forward to seeing the next iteration of the Inspire and hearing the story of another survivor.
With a little creativity and a few colored pencils, any survivor can enter her idea of a cool bike which can then become a reality. Survivors can submit their designs and a short essay by October 31. Good luck! Emily Gresh
My story of cancer survival at a young age and how I came to cycling from dancing is but one story among many powerful stories. While my current bike may be of my own original design, it is now one of many Inspire bikes out there being ridden. The bike has been sold out for awhile, all three hundred of the bikes initially produced by Giant. A second production run of two hundred more bikes is becoming available to retailers now.
Each rider with an Inspire bike has her own singular story, how she came to choose that design, whether the bike came as a gift, or was purchased in its own right. For some, the bike is simply just a cool looking bike. For others, it has particular significance and meaning. Whatever the reason for coming into possession of the bike, I couldn’t be more pleased that more and more women are taking up cycling and getting out on the road. And there are inherent joys in cycling…regardless of the bike you ride. Emily Gresh
A nice mention in Bicycle Retailer And Industry News, link below:
Inspire, friends, and a summer ride. Many summer rides. Mornings and evenings I am pushing the edges of daylight and the margins of evening darkness to enjoy every second on my bike. Happy riding. Emily Gresh