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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, broad, 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, 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 clean, steady, fulfilling experience on every kind of terrain. However, in the event you’re searching for a pony that may actually take you locations — and possibly 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 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 house. My plan is to dedicate a month within the close to future to biking quite than driving, however given the warmth and each day thunderstorms now we have all summer season lengthy right here in Florida, I’ve opted to try this a bit later within the yr — and in the event 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 a bit bit extra concerning the Treadwell, as a result of, you know how it felt to experience a motorbike once you have been a child? All enjoyable and free and stuffed with risk? 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 way. However you don’t sacrifice a bit of durability for it, so using it on tough surfaces isn’t any huge 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 means over? Cannondale took care to mix a low standover peak with a simple attain to the handlebars (which have an awesome grip, btw), in order that each new and superior cyclists will really feel snug 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 encompasses a new Intellimount stem so as to mount your cellphone, which, once you join it to the sensor utilizing the Cannondale app, offers you a stay 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 when it comes to serving to you to truly preserve your bike in nice form, however in the event you’re not fully snug 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 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 baggage is a large assist. However I bought to expertise the Treadwell Three in Venice, and I adored it — not solely due to the sparkly purple coloration, though which may’ve been an element.

Contemplating most of us wish to stay an lively 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 protected) as doable? I’m the primary to confess that it is a little bit of a splurge, however after using the Treadwell, I don’t know the way I may return to one thing much less snug or steady as my go-to commuter. I’m ruined! —Kristen