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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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Current Build

This is an all-round, go-anywhere road frame  with caliper brakes that will accommodate up to a 32c cross tire.  Its tight but it rolls just fine.  I've got some special brakes on the way however these Cane Creeks work just fine.

Travel frame no less.  This could possibly be my favorite build of all time.  These style bikes have always been a favorite of mine and to think that I don't even have one of my own is borderline blasphemy.  I'm tempted to not sell it, after all, it is my size.

"Uh honey, I'm gonna need to fly to Andalucia tomorrow in order to do a little R and D with this new frame.  I should be back as soon as the Vuelta is over.  Love ya!"


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Contador Racing La Vuelta

I stumbled onto this photo on Facebook this morning and at first I thought, "Hey, there's Jimmy from the 5th grade."  Jimmy was the guy that used to sit a couple of rows over and we'd shoot spitballs at one another through a pen that we had taken the insides out of. Then after a closer look I realized that it was actually Alberto Contador.  Turns out he changed his mind and is gonna race La Vuelta.  He doesn't sound like he's planning on lighting it up or anything, sounds like its more for training and maybe a stage victory, however, don't forget he won the Giro on just 9 days notice.  

Even though I knew Al was a little guy I had no idea how small he actually is. There's nothing there.  Its hard to believe that someone so small could be so strong and so powerful, and there is no way you could pack any more fight and toughness into such a small frame.  He could make the third week really interesting.  Won't be long now.
Hasta luego.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cross Season is Coming


All right, I know this doesn't look like much of anything but for some reason when I saw this brand new cross tire mounted on a Mavic Pro rim with a Campy Record hub I just started feeling all excited inside.  I'm trying to finish up a pretty cool little frame and I needed this in order to check my spacing.  At first I mounted this onto an older Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheel and I've honestly never had as much trouble getting a tire on a rim as I did that one.  Now, imagine that after you finally get the tire on the wheel you try to pump it up but the tube has a hole in it because you butchered it trying to get the tire on.  Ok, now the tire that you couldn't get on the rim has to come off.  This was when the true fun started.  Now I would like to pause and say something to the idiot who invented bladed spokes.

"IDIOT!"

Ahh, that felt good.

Ever used a hammer to take a tire off a rim?  I hadn't until yesterday.  I thought I was gonna have to cut the tire off the rim, and had it not been a brand new tire I probably would have.  Instead, I decided to break tire levers, slice up my knuckles, and stain my shorts with blood.  I was definitely not feeling in charge of the way things were going, however this photo shows that in the end I did prevail. I managed to get a couple of tire levers under the tire and then I had to take a wooden block and gradually tap the tire lever around the rim. Yes, I scuffed up a nice carbon rim in the process. So after all this, I mounted the tire on this here wheel,  pumped up the tire, leaned it against the stand, and took a long look at it. I began to feel warm and fuzzy inside.  I imagined cold, rainy weather (which I hate), and me out there on the road putting in some serious miles on my special bike.  Of course its not my bike and I probably won't get out in the cold rain, but anyway its what I was imagining.  Should be done shortly so check back.  Thanks for stopping by.


MEECH Custom Bicycles
Mountain Home, Arkansas

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams Dies









Note:  I do not own the rights to these photos.  They are random pictures taken from the internet.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lake Norfork Bald Eagle

Spotted this eagle doing a little fishing on the morning dog walk.

I'm not quite sure what I caught on this shot.  There is the eagle of course in the tree and then there is something on the water that I never even saw as I was shooting the photo.  I may have discovered the legendary Lake Norfork monster that nobody knew existed.  I always wanted to discover something. It looks as though its half lizard,half man, and half fish.


Dizzy watching him fly away after he ran up on him, or maybe he's checking out the lake monster.

Turn around 180 degrees and this is what the other side looked like.  Seems like two different places.




Mountain Home, Arkansas


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fresh Paint on S3

Last week I repainted my old S3 frame.  The last paint job didn't come out like I hoped, mainly because I didn't put much thought into it as I just needed something quick to ride after I sold my cross frame.  I did a whole lot of thinking about how I was gonna paint it this time, too much actually. I like yellow and black alot if you haven't noticed.  For one, I think its racey looking, but I also  feel like a yellow bike is more visible by drivers. I know there are only a couple of narrow tubes in the back but I would rather 'em be a beaming yellow color than camouflage.  At the least wear a bright colored jersey.  Anyway, I also like this red paint that I've had laying around for a while and I wanted to incorporate that into the scheme as well.  My stem was already red  and I had my trusty red Avocet O2 saddle that I like so I figured it would all go together to an extent.  Then white walked into the mental picture and my head started getting a little cloudy.  I tried drawing something up but in the end I scratched it all and just painted.  And so it is. "I reckon so."




I was shooting for racey looking but this photo here makes me think of Fruit Stripes gum.  I used to love that stuff as a kid. This little yellow box was added later as I wanted to break up the length of the all white top tube.  Its a nice place for a little personalization.




Kinda screwed up here.  It was supposed to be white but I forgot to tape it off.  Could've been better, luckily its mine.  You knew I was gonna scribble on it somewhere didn't you?

My drivetrain could use a little cleaning.  This KMC chain has been flawless.  Its the first one I've used and I think I'll be sticking with it.

Its not exactly what I had envisioned but its alot better than the other paint job.  The quality is much better.  This paint scheme reminds me of some of the older LOOK paint schemes, which was always my brand of choice, so think I can live with it. The other day there was a LOOK 585 on Ebay that went for $390.  I kinda wanted it but I didn't need it.  I just wanted to ride a professional carbon frame for ride comparison reasons.  I haven't ridden any frames but my own for over 6 years now.  If I could build a carbon frame that rode anything like a LOOK frameset then I'd have it dialed in.  I'll tell you secret.  After building this S3 up yesterday and riding it, I believe this thing rides better than my carbon frame.  I know that I'm not real experienced with building carbon frames but steel definitely rolls nicely down the road. It seemed as if I was using less effort to push this frame versus the carbon frame, however the carbon frame is one pound lighter.  Weight isn't everything.

The other day Anne and I took the boys to the lake.  You'd think we would spend a ton of time at the lake since its only two minutes away but not so.  We don't have a boat and I'm not even sure I want one because I don't think we'd use it enough.  We have a really nice swimming hole about 10 minutes away from the house that we normally go to during summer and then if we feel like going out on the lake we rent a boat, which is what we did this day.  So we got to the dock, rented the boat, and the guy pulled the boat out for us while I went back up to the truck to get the rest of our stuff.  When I got back he was gone and had tied the boat up against the dock with the rope that was right there on the deck where you step onto the boat, a pontoon boat.  Makes perfect sense huh, so the boat doesn't float away.  "Thanks Mister Boat Rental Guy." 

So everything is loaded, I untied it, started it up, clicked it into gear, and was expecting to just idle away from the dock as usual but for some reason it wasn't going anywhere.  So I tried to ease a little extra gas on but this throttle was kinda sticky and didn't move easy.  A little more gas, still not moving.  Then, the throttle that was sticky hit a slick spot and opened up a bit and I hear, "POP."  Mister Boat Rental Guy had tied the boat up in a second spot at the back of the boat, really low and outta sight I might add.  So anyway, I ripped an aluminum rail off the back of the boat and the guy told me we'd square up as I was driving off in the boat.  I hate aluminum. Cheap metal.  "WHAT?  Only $350 for two feet of thin aluminum tubing.  Let me break something else!"  Not so cheap huh?  Anyway, I didn't complain as I was embarrassed about it and I paid the man and we had a good laugh afterward.  Glad it wasn't my boat. It turned out to be a perfect day once I finally got off the starting line.  Ever been on the line of a motocross race with your motor screaming and when the gate drops you realize that you didn't put it in gear?  I haven't either, but it felt something like that.

Dizzy and Pinky got to do a little swimming.  This was Dizzy's first time in the lake and I truly didn't know if he could swim or not, he doesn't even like to step in puddles of water.  I can barely get him to drink water out of his bowl.  He's no Michael Phelps, thats for sure.  He's got really small feet and no body fat, so when he swims its like he gradually starts sinking more and more as he goes.  Theres more splashing going on than swimming. Needless to say, he doesn't need to get too far from the bank.

This is ol' Pink giving it a dig.  He's no Labrador either but I think he enjoyed the water.  "Hey Pink, you're swimming the wrong way."  Actually he's swimming back to the boat so maybe he's smarter than I thought.  No, he's not.  We love 'em all just the same.

 Vredestein Gran Fondo tires are another first for me. I plan on buying more of these as well. 

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MEECH Custom Bicycles
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Mountain Home, Arkansas


Monday, July 28, 2014

Vincenzo Nibali Wins the Tour de France




Italy's Vincenzo Nibali easily won this year's edition of the Tour de France. Honestly I don't think it was quite as easy as he made it look. After all, when's the last time you got finished with a race and said, "Man, that was easy."  He ruled this year's Tour with an iron fist from the second day on and grabbed 18 yellow jerseys out of 21 stages.  I can't recall that ever happening, however I'm no Tour historian.  

Do yourself a favor and forget all those people out there crying foul, saying Froome and Contador weren't there, or that he was doped to the gills, none of that matters now.  He started training for the Tour last year and it was his sole focus all year long.  Everyone criticized him all season long about how he wasn't winning anything but he stuck to his plan and prevailed.  Yes it would've been a much better race had Contador and Froome been there but I'm not so sure that Nibali wouldn't have still won.  It almost looked as if it was written beforehand that 2014 would be his year.  I don't recall anyone ever looking more focused throughout the entire race than Vincenzo did this year.  He kept a completely straight face throughout every mile of the race and only showed emotion when he stood on the podium.  He looked confident and defiant throughout the race's entirety and I feel like he did it clean.  And yes, I've said that before, and yes,my fingers are crossed.  Also should mention that two frenchmen, Jean Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot, took the second and third steps on the podium.  I'm sure France is happy to finally see some of their homeboys get some attention.

Alejandro Valverde cracked a little as I was afraid of and lost his chance to stand on the Tour podium.  When I look at Valverde, by all accounts I would think that he would be able to knock down a good time trial once in a while, however he couldn't ride a time trial to save his good mother's neck from the gallow's pole.  I read that he had been working on his time trialing and I hoped that it would pay off, but unfortunately no dice.  Let it go, 4th place on the Tour is not bad. After such a long bike racing career filled with many ups and downs, I can imagine that standing on the Tour podium would be any racer's dream, but it wasn't meant to be.  He took it like a man though and basically said, "I gave it all I had and my body just didn't respond."  Sounds human to me. We've all had that happen.  It happened to me just yesterday on my 25 mile ride around the Mountain Home area, and the day before that, and I believe the day before that.  Some days I feel like my body is completely shot.  Actually the only time my body really feels good is when I'm sleeping.  Jean Christophe Peraud is 73 years old, I mean 37 years old.  Can you imagine a 73 year old man riding the Tour?  Just wait 30 more years and you'll probably see Chris Horner doing it.

Rafal Majka, Thibaut Pinot (i believe), Vincenzo Nibali, and Peter Sagan.  Oh how good that must feel. I think that polka-dot jersey would look good on me.  White isn't fitting for the most aggressive young rider.  Perhaps a red jersey with a couple of yellow racing stripes down the back.  Green, pffff, who cares.  Just kidding.  I love the Saxo-Tinkoff racing outfits but I thought you weren't allowed to wear yellow in the Tour.  
Their jerseys are more yellow than the actual yellow jersey.  I guess the blue supposedly keeps them out of trouble. Go check out their website.  There is a video of Alberto laying in bed with a cast on his leg.



I thought this year's race was an excellent race even though 2 of the main protagonists crashed out.  There was some good, solid, exciting racing almost everyday and not too many stages that appeared boring to me.  I love seeing all the scenery and listening to Phil and Paul bounce comments off of each other. 

 One of my favorites from this year was when Lauren Ten Dam was finishing up his time trial and Paul Sherwin said something like, "Here is Lauren Ten Dam pushing hard to stop the clock...", and then Phil follows up with, "Yes Paul, and he's not gonna be very happy when it finally does."

 My only complaint with this year's Tour is the podium girls shown here beside Nibali.  Geez Bernard!  I mean...in all the streets of France you can't find anything prettier than these two homely chicas. I could throw a stone into a crowd and hit two chicks that were better looking, one might've been missing a tooth from the rock but if she kept her mouth shut nobody would know the difference.  "Here honey, just stand right here and keep your lips pressed firmly together and later we'll go out for some soup."  Next year maybe you should borrow a couple of muchachas from your neighbor.  They must be his daughters.

Look what Spain did for Valverde and he didn't even win the race.


La Vuelta is where its at.  Oooh la la!
Adios amigos.



Note:  Thanks to Velonews.com and various papers and websites for the photos shown here.







Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mickey Wins One

"Mick" Rogers won stage 16 of the Tour today, with a little solo style as well.  It was a surprise to me that it was the first time he's ever won a stage at the Tour.  How can you not like a guy named Mickey?  Congrats!

Couple quick shots of Garrett's stem all finished up.  We covered it with a clear basecoat that had pearl in it until it had a frosty look to soften it up and then covered it in clearcoat.  The clearcoat actually just brought the shine back out of it and it turned out looking almost like the raw stem, only with the protective coating.  You can see the pearl when the sun hits it just right.

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