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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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fresh Fork






Saturday, March 21, 2015

http://www.steephill.tv/players/youtube3/?title=Bike Fitting with Trek Factory Racing&dashboard=&id=eNaLt285YE4&yr=2015

http://www.steephill.tv/players/youtube3/?title=Bike Fitting with Trek Factory Racing&dashboard=&id=eNaLt285YE4&yr=2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Strade Bianche 2015

http://www.steephill.tv/players/youtube3/?title=Last 10 Km&dashboard=strade-bianche&id=I7s-9S1g6V0&start=3&yr=2015

Here is the last 10k of Strade Bianche which took place today.  I've never paid much attention to this race in the past but after watching the final hour this morning it has become one of my new favorite races to watch.  Got plenty of italian rolling countryside, with short punchy hills, and a few gravel/dirt sections that make for an interesting race.

The weather finally broke here yesterday and the snow is just about melted.  Its in the low 60's here today and I'm itching to ride.  I've managed somehow to steer clear of the junk food and I'm ready to start reaping the benefits.  I couldn't help but to notice that most of these riders in Strade Bianche are in quite a bit better shape than I am at the moment.  I'm thinking that they may have put in some secret miles this winter without telling me. Hope you're getting to ride some miles this weekend.  Ciao.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Look What the Cat Dragged In-Good Kitty

Just thought I would share a pic or two of this new Campy Chorus build kit that Scoot's gonna be rollin on his new frameset.  I get really excited when a new Campagnolo grouppo arrives at the shop, even if its not for me.  I love Campy for two main reasons.  One, it just looks so freakin cool.  All the carbon fiber laid out with such a fine italian style, I just love the way it looks on a bike.  Secondly, I've honestly never had a problem with any of it.  I've never had a broken shift lever, problematic derailleur, or anything.  I've had some Campy shifter levers for 10 years that were flawless.  I've also mentioned my Campy Pro-Fit pedals that I've been rolling on for over 13 years.  Totally flawless.  Its just been solid componentry for me for the 15 years that I've been using it.  I spent the majority of my road racing days on Shimano Dura-Ace and I never had any problems with that either, however, back then I was getting new components every couple of years. So long as you're out riding it doesn't matter what you roll, but if you want to get lots of looks, roll with Campy.

WARNING!  Massive amounts of carbon on the road ahead.

Carbon cranks, carbon shifters, carbon derailleurs, carbon fiber chain. 

"Whoa.  Back up there chief.  What'd you say."

Ok. I might've gotten a little carried away with that one, but this spring I am gonna install a carbon fiber piston in my lawn mower.


Crisp, new Mavic Ksyrium wheelset.

What the ....?  

I've recently embarked on a new journey.  About 3 weeks ago I gave up one of my favorite bad habits.  The Little Debbie Swiss Roll was my favorite junk food of all-time.  I'm really bad about eating junk food and have been most of my life.  I've just always had a sweet tooth. A few of the years that I raced I actually had a pretty decent diet and I didn't crave all this stuff, but once the racing days ended there was no reason not to endulge in all those things I felt I was missing out on.  Little Debbies, Milky Ways, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Winston, I didn't hold back. I managed to stop smoking about 5-6 years ago but the junk food habit got worse.  I wasn't just buying a box and eating a couple after dinner every night either. I was buying a box, opening it in the car, and eating them before I was ever out of the parking lot.  I would eat half the box on the drive home, which was only 3 miles, and then eat the remaining ones within a couple of hours.  I was doing this every other day.  Whenever I stopped to get gas I would always get a package of Reeses or Twix, not the little two pack but the bigger 4-pack.  I would enhale them before the light turned green.  I used to be able to get away with this type of living, however the other day I think I hit rock bottom.


I haven't been riding much at all.  In fact, I'm probably in the worst shape that I've been in since I had a motorcycle accident 14 yrs. ago and didn't stand up for 3 months. After healing from that I managed to get some legs back under me even though I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.  So anyway, I've been on my bike about 3 times in the last 3 weeks.  With the bad weather, short days, and looking after Jack, I just haven't been able to get on it. You can't tell it by looking at me though cause I'm only a couple of pounds over my old race weight. I almost made peace with not riding after about 2 weeks, which was strange, but I was craving a ride bad. I'm really craving a group ride as riding by myself is another problem all together. When Anne went back to work in November I bought a cheap trainer.  I thought that while Jack was sleeping I would get on it for 30 minutes or so every day just to keep my legs loose.  I should've known better.  I hate trainers and always have.  Its not riding to me and I actually prefer not riding to getting on a trainer.  Since buying it 4 months ago I've gotten on it twice.  The second time on it I got a flat. 

 "Huh? How do you get a flat on a trainer?"

Don't know, but I did.  It was on the front too.  That was a first. So the other day I got on my bike and started riding. Within about 15 minutes I was feeling terrible.  I was dizzy and light-headed and barely made it through my hour-long loop around town.  I felt as though I was at the end of a 100 mile ride when in fact it was more like 17 miles. I knew I had to start eating better.  I didn't think my diet was that bad, I just thought I was eating alot of junk food along with my normal food.  So now I'm trading in my cakes and candy for things like fruit cups and granola bars.  I'm trying to get back to eating the types of snacks I did when I raced. I'm also trying to eat a few more vegetables as well.  I've never cared much for fruit because you have to peel it or cut it up.  I do like bananas though because I can open a banana about as fast as a package of Little Debbies.  Not really.  I'm pretty fast at opening Little Debbies.  I can easily do it while driving.  I just take both hands off the wheel for a few seconds. 

I went out for a short ride yesterday hoping to feel some of the results that I'm hoping for but really didn't feel any better.  Every ride I've been on here lately I come back and say the same thing, "That was the worst I've ever ridden in my life."  Luckily spring is almost here and daylight savings is this coming weekend I believe so I'm hopeful to get going again.  We'll see. If I can just feel some sunshine on my skin I'll feel much better.

INGREDIENTS

Sugar, Corn Syrup, Water, Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil with TBHQ to Preserve Flavor (Contributes a Trivial Amount of Trans Fat), Dextrose, Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa, Soybean Oil, Eggs, Whey (Milk), Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate), Emulsifiers (Sorbitan Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Soy Lecithin, Mono- and Diglycerides, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids), Salt, Corn Starch, Colors (Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1), Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness), Egg Whites, Natural and Artificial Flavors.

Here is a list of the ingredients in a Little Debbie Swiss Roll.  Whenever you have an ingredient called "Reduced Iron" you know it can't be too good for you.  According to this they have some Yellow 5, Red 40, and Blue 1 colors in them.  Where's the brown and white come from.  If they ever come out with rainbow colored Swiss Rolls I'll probably fall off the wagon. Or is it on the wagon?

This is a different brand of Swiss Roll made by Drake's.  I've never tried these, and in the back of my mind I'm dreaming that these might possibly be made with some better ingredients and would make a healthy substitute.  Hey, what can I say, I'm an optimist.

Now let me get back to building Scoot's frame.
Thanks for stopping by.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Scoot's Road Racer Build

Just got started on a new frame for an old friend of mine, Scott Taylor.  We call him Scoot, just so you know that I didn't misspell his name on the blog post title. Scott already has one of my earlier bikes and has ridden the molasses out of it for the last 5 years.  He's done the Bicycle Tour of Colorado on it many times and while it's still rollin strong he's ready for a new ride.  We're going with an "old school" (I hate that saying) slash "new school"(even worse) build on this frame. 

 "What the heck does that even mean Dimitri?" 

 It means steel frame and fork, with a 1" steerer, made with newer, lighter weight steel tubing, built with a more modern, aggressive geometry.  I guess I could've just used the phrase "traditional build" but that wouldn't have covered all the bases.  Besides, the larger
  1 1/8" headsets have been around for so long that they are now considered traditional.  Anyway, when I build a frame with a steel fork, 1 1/8" steerers make for a pretty heavy fork and are a bit overkill. The more traditional 1" steerer tubes work just fine and make for a very nice handling, predictable ride, however, a steel fork in either size makes you feel like you're on rails.  
"ALL ABOARD!"

"Oh no! Not more of these same old photos that you post every time you build a frame?"

Yep. Each and every frame gets special treatment and documented photography.  It turns out that many people enjoy watching their frame being built.  When I say that the main ingredient in anything you make is love, I'm serious.  This is a photo of love.  Look at the perfect miter.  And besides, if you paid attention you would notice that this photo is taken at a completely different angle than most of the others.

Ok, maybe you've seen this one before.
This...

...equals this. 
Did you notice the extra meat I took out of the bottom bracket shell for the chain stays?  I'm just checkin.  I've got my eyes on you.

This is a photo of nothing special, unless you happen to think that perfection is special. 


Ok, this photo is seriously imperfect, but the level never lies, and this frame thus far is perfect.

Head tube miter...

Down tube miter,
Can't get no tighter,
Now hand me my coffee,
And a cigarette lighter.

My dad always told me that the Creative Writing class I took in college was a waste of  time.  He was usually right, but if he could've seen this rhyme here he may have changed his mind.



Good solid foundation.

I was playing around and built a little prototype seat stay mitering jig.  It honestly can't get any simpler and yet its extremely effective.  I built it with things that were only an arms reach away from my vise.  The dummy axle holds the dropouts of course, however I had already brazed them into the chain stays before taking this picture.  I literally made this thing in minutes. When I have time I'm gonna build one out of metal and then polish it until you can see yourself in it.  Then I'm gonna paint it gold like the tires on my truck.

After building this, I suddenly realized that all of my old school teachers were wrong about me, and that I am in fact extremely smart. Never mind the fact that my blog posts don't have the correct punctuation, and ACT scores don't prove anything.  After learning how smart I am the other day, I decided I would go back to school and so I enrolled at the Rocket Science Academy.  I never was that interested in Science in the past but had we been talking about rockets perhaps I would've paid more attention.  What?  Was I supposed to get excited about the Bunson Burner?  And yes, I know I misspelled it.

"Of all the interesting things to study, why would you choose rocket cience D?"

Because I'm sick of hearing all these people say, 
"Its only a bicycle, its not rocket science."

I started to develope an inferiority complex toward rocket scientists, and since my mother always told me that I could be anything that I wanted to be I decided to put all those rocket scientists in their place.  Afterall, how many of those rocket scientists do you think have raced intermediate motocross all over the southern part of the United States, not to mention all the trophies I won for top-5 finishes.  Not lookin so great now are they.  So anyway, after talking to them on the phone they told me that I would have to take a test in order to see if I would be accepted into their little academy.

"WHAT?"  

Who the hell do these people think they are trying to make me take a test before I even go to class?  I haven't even had time to get the Cliff's Notes yet. This is absurd!

So anyway, I took their little test and they informed me that they were somewhat impressed and possibly concerned by many of my answers, and, while I wasn't quite qualified to be in their full-blown rocket science program, that I was almost certainly qualified to enroll in a bottle-rocket science program. To help me get started they gave me quite a few chinese phone numbers to call. 

So there you have it.  I'm probably not even gonna go. I just wanted to show them that I could do it.  However, if I ever do decide to start a bottle rocket manufacturing facility there are two things that I'm definitely gonna do.  First off, I'm gonna take out a multi-million dollar insurance policy on my business, and secondly, I'm gonna start smoking again and practice my cigarette butt flicking at break time. 
 Rocket scientists, pfff.