I can’t start to rely 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., after 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 an excellent 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 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 offer you a easy, steady, fulfilling trip on every kind of terrain. However, if you happen to’re in search of a pony that may actually take you locations — and possibly take the place of your automotive now and again — it’s completely as much as the duty as a commuter bike that’ll cowl critical floor with velocity and luxury and responsiveness to spare.
And you may belief me after I say that, as a result of I’ve been testing out the Treadwell EQ at dwelling. My plan is to dedicate a month within the close to future to biking somewhat than driving, however given the warmth and every day thunderstorms we’ve all summer season lengthy right here in Florida, I’ve opted to do this a little bit later within the 12 months — and if you happen to’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 little bit bit extra in regards to the Treadwell, as a result of, you know how it felt to trip a motorbike whenever you have been a child? All enjoyable and free and filled with risk? 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 downside in anyway. However you don’t sacrifice a bit of durability for it, so driving it on tough surfaces isn’t any huge deal — not one thing I’d say about my street bike.
Straightforward-ride geometry: You know the way 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 top with a simple attain to the handlebars (which have an amazing grip, btw), in order that each new and superior cyclists will really feel comfy hopping on and taking off.
Wheel sensor and Cannondale app: Hear up, as a result of that is SUPER cool. The Treadwell comes with a wheel sensor, which tracks each trip mechanically. It additionally incorporates a new Intellimount stem so to mount your telephone, which, whenever you join it to the sensor utilizing the Cannondale app, provides you a reside dashboard exhibiting 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 by way of serving to you to truly preserve your bike in nice form, however if you happen to’re not utterly comfy with bike lingo, it’ll additionally allow you to enter your native bike store and really feel assured you already know 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 offer 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 dwelling — the fenders are key whenever 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 luggage is a big assist. However I obtained to expertise the Treadwell Three in Venice, and I adored it — not solely due to the sparkly purple colour, though that may’ve been an element.
Contemplating most of us want to reside 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 secure) as attainable? I’m the primary to confess that this can be a little bit of a splurge, however after driving the Treadwell, I don’t understand how I might return to one thing much less comfy or steady as my go-to commuter. I’m ruined! —Kristen