I can’t start to rely the variety of hours I’ve spent in a motorcycle 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, vast, 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, anyplace, as a part of anybody’s wholesome, lively life. You may take it on a simple cruise with a bunch of buddies down the boardwalk to Santa Monica for lunch (which we did), and it’ll offer you a easy, steady, pleasant trip on all types of terrain. However, if you happen to’re searching for a pony that may actually take you locations — and possibly take the place of your automotive from time to time — 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 dwelling. My plan is to dedicate a month within the close to future to biking fairly than driving, however given the warmth and each day thunderstorms we’ve all summer time 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 motorcycle if 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 drawback by any means. However you don’t sacrifice a bit of durability for it, so using it on tough surfaces isn’t any large deal — not one thing I’d say about my highway 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 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 trip mechanically. It additionally includes a new Intellimount stem so as to mount your telephone, which, if you join it to the sensor utilizing the Cannondale app, provides 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 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 instrument 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 using the Treadwell EQ at dwelling — the fenders are key if 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 luggage is a large assist. However I received to expertise the Treadwell Three in Venice, and I adored it — not solely due to the sparkly crimson coloration, though which may’ve been an element.
Contemplating most of us wish to dwell an lively life whereas doing our half for the surroundings, doesn’t it make sense to have a motorcycle that makes selecting to cycle as enjoyable (and secure) as doable? 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 may return to one thing much less comfy or steady as my go-to commuter. I’m ruined! —Kristen