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 an entire totally different degree 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 right alternative for any day, wherever, as a part of anybody’s wholesome, energetic life. You possibly can take it on a straightforward cruise with a gaggle of associates down the boardwalk to Santa Monica for lunch (which we did), and it’ll offer you a clean, secure, gratifying experience on all types of terrain. However, in case you’re searching for a pony that may actually take you locations — and perhaps 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 pace and luxury and responsiveness to spare.
And you may 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 moderately than driving, however given the warmth and day by day thunderstorms we have now all summer time lengthy right here in Florida, I’ve opted to do this just a little later within the 12 months — and in case you’re a devoted bike commuter, I’d love and and all suggestions you care to share!
However, within the meantime, let me let you know just a little bit extra in regards to the Treadwell, as a result of, you understand how it felt to experience a motorbike while 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 selecting it up? No downside in any respect. 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.
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 straightforward attain to the handlebars (which have an awesome 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 experience mechanically. It additionally contains a new Intellimount stem so that you could mount your telephone, which, while you join it to the sensor utilizing the Cannondale app, provides you a reside dashboard displaying 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 by way of serving to you to really maintain your bike in nice form, however in case you’re not fully comfy with bike lingo, it’ll additionally allow you to enter your native bike store and really feel assured 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 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 residence — the fenders are key while 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 out there to carry a few baggage is a big assist. However I obtained to expertise the Treadwell Three in Venice, and I adored it — not solely due to the sparkly crimson colour, though that may’ve been an element.
Contemplating most of us want to reside an energetic life whereas doing our half for the setting, doesn’t it make sense to have a motorbike that makes selecting to cycle as enjoyable (and secure) as potential? I’m the primary to confess that it is a little bit of a splurge, however after using the Treadwell, I don’t understand how I may return to one thing much less comfy or secure as my go-to commuter. I’m ruined! —Kristen