If you have been following my @Inceptioncycle twitter posts or keeping an eye on the Inception Cyclery rides and web page you will inevitably realize that this past summer I fell in love with steel bikes. In August we ran a Classic Ride called LA BICI CLASSICA where the rules to the bike were simple; Steel frame, Downtube Shifters and as much Classic components as possible. Everyone loved the event, and everyone became acquainted with the beautiful ride of steel. The ride came about because I gave up my super lightweight high-end carbon machine in favour of an off-season steel Meile which I rebuilt under the be.a.bike program. I quickly preferred to ride the 24lb steel #hulagirlbike over the 15lb carbon bike and found myself putting almost no summer kilometers on said carbon road bike. So, enter the 365.52.12.one. As I was working on prototype options for Number Four Cycles the thought of a classic, yet modern and high end steel frame came to mind. So I hunted. In the process I decided the bike had to have a few key features. Elegant lugs, Reynolds 853 Steel and the ability to run disc brakes front and rear. The bike would have the classic feel of steel and be a bicycle capable of riding all day, all year and anywhere you want. Additional features that will be worked through prototyping will be tire clearance for a knobby 700x28 tire (for gravler purposes) without extending the chain-stays too far to prevent a flexy and sluggish rear end, and to tune the geometry to achieve a stable yet nimble feeling road bike. This will be something you can hammer with buddies in a group ride, or ride all day on a solo adventure. The raw unfinished and unpainted frame has arrived for inspection and painting. See the photos to the right for a better look.
So, what is next... Inspection, decals, paint and then riding. Like the rest of the Number Four Models and the overall concept of the brand, the majority of work will be carried out here in Canada. The decals are printed locally by a passionate cyclist and the painting will also be done by a passionate cyclist and frame builder right here in Niagara. So keep an eye out, watch for the bike on the roads (you will not miss it) and check back often for updates on the progress of the 365.52.12.one model.