About Me

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Mountain Home, Arkansas, United States
My name is Dimitri Harris and I have been building frames for over 6 years now. I learned the basics after spending two weeks with Koichi Yamaguchi. He is one of the most interesting people I have ever met and I am thankful to have worked with him. Since then I have just been building one frame after another and learning as much as possible along the way. I build steel fillet-brazed frames that go by the name of MEECH, its an old nickname that I have had since I was a kid. I build mostly cyclocross frames because I love their versatility however I also do road,single-speed, and mountain bikes as well. Custom frames start around $1400. All the frames are handmade by me here in Mountain Home, Arkansas. I am insured and guarantee all of my work so if you are in the market for a custom steel frame I would be glad to build it for you. I am also building frames from carbon fiber so if you would like to ride a prototype frame give me a shout. Thanks for stopping by. You can email me at meech151@hotmail.com or call (870)897-6703 or visit www.meechcustombicycles.com Thanks.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Recent Work

Few pics that been laying around on my camera forever. I should've put these up 3 weeks ago but.... oh well. The good news is I should have some painted pics here is just a couple of days. Been spending quite a bit of time substituting at a couple local schools here to make some extra cash. Way more time than I'd like to but they've been shorthanded a lot and i hate to turn them down. Hopefully I can get this frame painted by the end of this week. Gonna be some sweet colors. Anyway, not much to say about these, you've seen most of this stuff before but this frame is gonna make a sweet riding little bike. Can't wait to get it finished up.

It's nice when you throw the frame on the alignment table and really don't have to touch it. The level doesn't mean it's perfect, I have a height gauge for that, but it let's you know you're pretty close.

This becomes the result when you don't pay close enough attention to the dremel tool you're doing clean-up work with. I let it slip and it left a little scar in the top tube that I couldn't live with. Would it have affected the frame? Most likely not because it was in the thicker part of the butting however you don't want to take a chance on a fracture on down the road so it comes out. As if there aren't enough delays. That internal fillet is a little bit overkill. Good lord. There's more brass on the inside of that tube than the outside. Gonna have to pull the reigns in a bit.

You can see the gouge in this pic. Just right below the fillet. It can happen fast, about a split-second to do the damage and then it takes the better part of a day to fix it. As my dad used to say, "Walk it off."

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Viva El Pistolero

Hate to see this guy go. Gonna be a big hole in professional bicycle racing without Alberto Contador. Nobody quite like him. Watching him bounce around on the pedals going up a mountain was one of my favorite things to see during a bike race. There will probably never be another 
3-week tour that sees one man attack so many times. He'll be missed.



Alberto's Going Away Party

Alto de l'Angliru

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back To Work

It's been a while since I had anything to post because Jack had a couple of weeks off for summer break but I finally got back in the shop and got a little done these past couple of days. I used to think that when Jack got old enough to walk around that he and I would go over to the shop and he could play and keep himself busy while I got some frame building done but it hasn't worked out like that at all. He's always getting into something or wants the tool that's in my hand and I really get nothing done at all. Whenever he does come into the shop he wants to go to the paint room. He always says, "We need to look at this one." That means he has picked out a color and he wants to open it up. But don't do it! He can make a mess of things in the blink of an eye. The other day I opened up a can of blue paint just to let him look at it and we both had blue paint on us before I could say dammit. I try not to say curse words around him but there are those moments...well, you know. Anyway I've learned my lesson about opening paint cans. On the next frame that i decide to do some funky paint scheme i may let him have a go and see what kind of mark he leaves. He'll love it. Anyway, I got this frame all cut, mitered, and tacked over the past couple days and wanted to post something in the name of frame building so here it is. Gonna try to lay down some fillets here shortly so hopefully will have a few more in a couple days.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My New Favorite Bike

Call it a bit premature if you like but I'm thinking this may be new favorite bike to build. This is gonna a be a traditional road bike built with a 1" steerer but just enough room in the fork to accommodate a 30c tire. I have built a couple for other people but have yet to ride one myself. I've ridden everything within a couple millimeters of it but never this exact style. The ease of maintenance, the simplicity of a caliper brake, and the room to run a wider tire that will handle much more than your average road tire will make this a very well-rounded versatile ride. This will be a go-to ride. Save your high-dollar carbon racer for the races and train all year long on this thing. Years ago when I raced on a regular basis I would spend my winters training on a cross bike on the road just to ride something durable with lots of resistance. I didn't worry about scratching it up, jumped the curbs, rode it off-road, suffered, and enjoyed every minute of it when race season rolled around, not to mention looked forward to riding it when the season ended. 

 I had planned on having just a couple more millimeters of clearance since I had a little extra  room to spare under the caliper. The distance between the top of the tire and the fork crown turned out just as I had planned and I never even thought I would come up this tight between the blades. The tire that I built this fork around just barely fits. There aren't many tires in the 30c tire category. This is my favorite as far as concept and size go but it's a cheap Kenda tire that doesn't feel very well made. With that said, I have ridden many a mile on this tire. Can almost get through the entire winter with a pair if you rotate them. I'm on the search for some other tires that may fit the bill. I think Specialized makes a fat road tire that would work and I believe it would be a bit higher quality. I'm not a big Specialized fan but I'm willing to see what they have. Other than that I'm back down to the 28c department which is full of choices. It'll all work out in the end and come out almost as tight as this fork did. Almost I say. Should be done here shortly. 

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Fork Play

Decided to clean out my tool box a bit the other day and fork these crowns in the back of one  of the drawers. Figured I would build up a couple forks for a couple of old school frames with 1" steerers. A one inch steel fork is still one of the best riding forks you can get, plenty strong and makes for a very compliant ride. I learned this a few years ago when I went to the Bicycle Tour of Colorado with one of my earliest frames, like the 5th I had ever built, and it had a 1" fork built with True Temper OX Platinum tubing and I still say it was one of my best riding frames that I have been on.  A friend of mine here in Jonesboro actually has it now.  I'm contemplating buying it back.  Anyway, gonna build a couple of traditional framesets with some good tire clearance so you can throw a 30c tire in there some everyday standard caliper brakes and roll with it. Lightweight, simple, straightforward riding. The kind of bike that will do it all and you're not afraid to go beat it up a little dirt or gravel, hop the curbs, wheelies, or whatever you feel like doing. That's my kind of riding. Probably gonna paint one in a traditional manner and the other maybe throw some swank down on it.

Doing it all by hand is where it's at. It's so satisfying.

This frame set may have a little extra clearance for a 32-35c tire. May opt for some mid-reach brakes on this one. It will be the ultimate year-round training bike.

This is when you know the crown is cut correctly. The crown race will just sort of hang over the edge of the crown and then with a couple of good hits with the crown race tool is drops right in place good and tight.

Feel free to check back in a couple of days for the finished product and the start of some new builds. I haven't been doing much other than painting here lately so I'm ready to get back to torch and files.

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LeTour etre!