Today we want to tell you the story of one of our customers, who, over just her short time as an Aventon customer, has inspired and touched the hearts of many of our staff. Her name is Jen and she lives on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Jen was living a normal life, she was working as a nurse, had -and still has- a loving husband and an amazing daughter, but in 2005 it all changed. In 2005 is when Jen was diagnosed with a rare but life-threatening disease called pulmonary hypertension (PH).
PH affects blood pressure in the lungs, meaning that the heart needs to work much harder to ensure an adequate supply of oxygen to the body. The consequences of PH -of which there are varying levels of severity- for Jen means that she needs to use an oxygen tank almost 24/7, properly manage her diet, can’t use hot tubs at high temps or saunas, or go hiking at high altitudes. Doctors recommend people who struggle with PH to keep up their exercising but with PH this can be a challenge, especially because many of those with PH need to carry oxygen when they do so. But this has never stopped Jen!
Jen’s husband is an avid cyclist who has ridden the Texas MS150 and plans on pushing himself even further, but he’s always had a dream to share some of his cycling time with the love of his life. One time they went to a park in their local area and Jen sat relaxing and reading on the grass whilst her husband went off for a cycle on the trails. When he returned he told her of all the beautiful things he’d seen and oh how much he wished,he wished, that she could see them too. Little did he know that his dreams and prayers were being heard.
A few years back Jen and her husband had taken a ride on a pair of ebikes on the beach, both excited at the prospect that she may be able to return to the saddle. That ebike was a Rad ebike and in Jen’s own words it was “too heavy and clunky” not what suited her needs at all. Disappointedly her and her husband walked away from the experience thinking that biking might be an activity that was just too far out of reach for them to enjoy together with Jen’s condition.
A year or two later one of Jen’s friends insisted that she needed to try an ebike again and that she should get one with pedal assist. With their curiosity resurrected her and her husband went out on the internet to learn more about what this friend had said. In their searches they found Aventon online and interested in one of the ebikes. They then decided to give it a test ride at a local bike shop called Bike Lane, in Woodland just outside Houston.