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 totally 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, extensive, grippy tires, and 9-speed Shimano shifters, it falls someplace in between.
That’s by design. This bike was created to be the proper selection for any day, anyplace, as a part of anybody’s wholesome, lively life. You may take it on a simple cruise with a bunch of associates down the boardwalk to Santa Monica for lunch (which we did), and it’ll provide you with a easy, secure, fulfilling journey on all types of terrain. However, in the event you’re searching for a pony that may actually take you locations — and perhaps take the place of your automotive once in a while — it’s completely as much as the duty as a commuter bike that’ll cowl severe floor with velocity 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 house. My plan is to dedicate a month within the close to future to biking moderately than driving, however given the warmth and day by day thunderstorms now we have all summer season lengthy right here in Florida, I’ve opted to try this a bit of later within the 12 months — and in the event you’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 a bit of bit extra concerning the Treadwell, as a result of, you know how it felt to journey a motorbike once you have been a child? All enjoyable and free and stuffed with chance? That’s what this bike evokes, and I’m loving it.
Light-weight sturdiness: The body is light-weight aluminum, which makes using it up even the steepest hill a breeze, and choosing it up? No downside in any way. However you don’t sacrifice a bit of durability for it, so using it on tough surfaces is not any massive deal — not one thing I’d say about my highway bike.
Simple-ride geometry: You know the way some bikes have you ever sitting straight up, whereas others really feel such as you’ve gotta bend approach over? Cannondale took care to mix a low standover peak with a simple attain to the handlebars (which have a terrific grip, btw), in order that each new and superior cyclists will really feel comfy 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 routinely. It additionally encompasses a new Intellimount stem in an effort to mount your cellphone, which, once you join it to the sensor utilizing the Cannondale app, offers you a reside dashboard displaying your velocity, 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 really maintain your bike in nice form, however in the event you’re not fully comfy with bike lingo, it’ll additionally allow you to enter your native bike store and really feel assured you understand 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 instrument to present 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 using the Treadwell EQ at house — 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 usually to commute, having that entrance rack accessible to carry a few luggage is a large assist. However I obtained 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 reside an lively 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 this can be a little bit of a splurge, however after using the Treadwell, I don’t understand how I might return to one thing much less comfy or secure as my go-to commuter. I’m ruined! —Kristen