I can’t start to depend the variety of hours I’ve spent in a motorbike saddle over the previous decade — however I can let you know that my most up-to-date rides have been a complete completely different stage of enjoyable.
It began this spring in Venice, Calif., once I flew out for a media day with Cannondale as they launched their latest bike: The Treadwell.
It’s not a cruiser, and it’s not a roadie. With a brilliant light-weight however sturdy body, huge, grippy tires, and 9-speed Shimano shifters, it falls someplace in between.
That’s by design. This bike was created to be the right alternative for any day, wherever, as a part of anybody’s wholesome, energetic life. You’ll be able to take it on a simple cruise with a gaggle of associates down the boardwalk to Santa Monica for lunch (which we did), and it’ll provide you with a clean, steady, fulfilling journey on all types of terrain. However, for those who’re in search of a pony that may actually take you locations — and perhaps take the place of your automotive occasionally — it’s completely as much as the duty as a commuter bike that’ll cowl critical floor with pace and luxury and responsiveness to spare.
And you’ll belief me once I say that, as a result of I’ve been testing out the Treadwell EQ at residence. My plan is to dedicate a month within the close to future to biking slightly than driving, however given the warmth and each day thunderstorms now we have all summer time lengthy right here in Florida, I’ve opted to try this somewhat later within the yr — and for those who’re a devoted bike commuter, I’d love and and all ideas you care to share!
However, within the meantime, let me let you know somewhat bit extra concerning the Treadwell, as a result of, you understand how it felt to journey a motorbike once you have been a child? All enjoyable and free and filled with chance? That’s what this bike evokes, and I’m loving it.
Light-weight sturdiness: The body is light-weight aluminum, which makes driving it up even the steepest hill a breeze, and selecting it up? No drawback in any way. However you don’t sacrifice a bit of durability for it, so driving it on tough surfaces isn’t any massive deal — not one thing I’d say about my highway bike.
Straightforward-ride geometry: You understand how some bikes have you ever sitting straight up, whereas others really feel such as you’ve gotta bend method over? Cannondale took care to mix a low standover peak with a simple attain to the handlebars (which have an ideal grip, btw), in order that each new and superior cyclists will really feel snug hopping on and taking off.
Wheel sensor and Cannondale app: Pay attention up, as a result of that is SUPER cool. The Treadwell comes with a wheel sensor, which tracks each journey mechanically. It additionally contains a new Intellimount stem in an effort to mount your telephone, which, once you join it to the sensor utilizing the Cannondale app, offers you a dwell dashboard exhibiting your pace, distance, energy burned, and even carbon emissions saved.
However wait — that’s not even my favourite half! The app and sensor additionally work collectively to trace upkeep wants, so when it’s time for a tune up, you’ll get an alert telling you precisely what wants doing. Not solely is that nice when it comes to serving to you to truly preserve your bike in nice form, however for those who’re not fully snug with bike lingo, it’ll additionally allow you to enter your native bike store and really feel assured you realize precisely what you want. Plus, it has all of your manuals pre-loaded, together with curated video content material on issues like altering out flat, in addition to a digital device to provide you extra perception into their tech.
Three fashions, three sizes, two body choices, a great deal of colours: There are three Treadwell choices starting from $635 (for the Treadwell 3) to $735 (for the Treadwell 2) as much as $950 (for the Treadwell EQ, which incorporates extras like alloy fenders and a entrance rack with bamboo deck). I’m driving the Treadwell EQ at residence — the fenders are key once you’re in an space that will get as a lot rain as I do, and since I’m utilizing it so typically to commute, having that entrance rack accessible to carry a few baggage is a large assist. However I acquired to expertise the Treadwell Three in Venice, and I adored it — not solely due to the sparkly crimson shade, though that may’ve been an element.
Contemplating most of us want to dwell an energetic life whereas doing our half for the surroundings, doesn’t it make sense to have a motorbike that makes selecting to cycle as enjoyable (and protected) as attainable? I’m the primary to confess that it is a little bit of a splurge, however after driving the Treadwell, I don’t understand how I may return to one thing much less snug or steady as my go-to commuter. I’m ruined! —Kristen