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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, July 28, 2015

Stir Crazy

What's up y'all?  Been a while.  This blog, or the neglect thereof, has crossed my mind more than a couple of times.  I wanted to write something, say hey, talk about the Tour, or whatever, but just couldn't find a good enough reason.  I told you we were moving back to Jonesboro and we've been here about a month now.  I've spent most of that time baby-sitting Jack while Anne gets accustomed to her new job and trying to get the shop in good enough condition to do a little work.  I honestly have not felt like a frame builder at all.  I do have one on order that I've been slowly getting cut and fit.  The shop needed some repair after termites had eaten more than a handful of wood out of my garage door frame, etc.  I got a new door and replaced some of the siding so I have 4 walls and a roof to work under but it's gonna need some more work later after I finish up the frame I'm working on.

It turns out that full-time baby-sitting, fixing up houses to sell, and fixing up houses to live in doesn't come that naturally to me.  I hate to say that I've suffered because that's probably not the appropriate word to use when there are plenty of people who actually are suffering, so let's just say that I haven't handled it as well as I would hope. Struggling is probably the best way to describe me at the moment. I don't do very well when I'm confined and can't come and go as I please.  My mind is fragile these days. I remember myself being stronger in the past but I haven't felt much like my old self for quite some time now.  I have managed to get out for a handful of rides with some of the locals here and reunite with a couple of old friends.  That has been welcoming and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  My physical conditioning doesn't seem all that great and then when you throw in a couple of tablespoons of fractured mentality, well, I feel as though I have concrete blocks on my feet. I honestly can't remember feeling worse on the bicycle than I do now. Yesterday I started out and turned around after 4 miles.  I would've continued further however I felt as though i was being selfish leaving Anne to take care of Jack after she had worked all day.  That's not fair, and so I turned around.  

I have made some progress and I'm trying to focus on the positives, the things that I have gotten done. I guess I thought that we were just gonna open the door and I was gonna feel like I did 7 years ago when we left but I should've known better.  My love for the hot, dry summer days of Jonesboro was met with rain everyday, millions of mosquitos waiting by the door to come in, and temperatures and humidity so high that it has almost cracked me.  I've spent more than a few hours mowing and cleaning up around the yard as well as many more  hours itching and scratching from all the chigger bites that cover my body. I don't remember it being this bad.

"What happened while I was gone?"

There is good news on the horizon.  We have a contract on our house for sell and so hopefully it will be gone in a month or so and we can focus our efforts on our life here.  My wife is slowly learning the requirements of her new job and I hope that will reduce some of the stress.  Jack is doing well and growing up quick.  He feels like a little chunk and when I'm carrying him around I can't believe he only weighs like 25 lbs.  I think we're gonna have to put him in daycare a couple of days a week in order for me to get anything done at all.  I didn't realize how much I need frame building to feel complete.  I need to work, to make things, to feel creative, otherwise I start to deteriorate mentally.  I feel like I should get a starring role in The Walking Dead.  How much does an actor make to play a zombie?  I think I'm qualified and I need a paycheck.  That paint scheme up above proves it.  I told y'all a while back I was gonna be experimenting in the near future.  With my mind being in the shape it's in now, there's no telling what type of paint schemes you'll see when I get back to work.  Don't worry. I'll still paint your frame the way you want it, but the rest of 'em are gonna be totally "wacked".

Guess I should take a minute and say "Congratulations" to Chris Froome for winning the Tour.  It looked like it was gonna be a total bore but Quintana and Valverde turned it into a race.  I wanted Contador to win the double but he just didn't have enough left after the Giro against such a stacked field. Also, the Tour organizers put him and his team up in a Best Western where the rooms were 95 degrees.  I couldn't help but to laugh when I heard Little Al bitching about it.  Everyone booed Froome, accused him of doping, and even threw urine on him.  Even though I'm not a big fan of "Froomey", I think he's clean.  He has actually started to win me over a little.  He took everything that everyone threw at him and handed it right back to them.  Hat's off to him!  I was actually really happy to see Valverde finally get on the podium, even though I didn't actually see him stand on it.  Like I said before, I've been worrying about other things besides this year's Tour.  I heard he cried after Stage 20.  He actually did a pretty decent time trial in one of the smaller stage races leading up to the Tour.  I can't remember if it was the Dauphine or Tour de Suisse, but he laid down a decent time.  First time for everything.  He's a pure racer and regardless of his past should receive a little respect.  I'm happy for him.  I don't know who's gonna show for the Vuelta. That one is my favorite.

Well, that's all I've got for now.  I'm hoping to gradually get back up to speed in the shop here pretty soon.  I've got lots of colors circling around in my head that I want to put on the bikes, as well as I'm dying to get started with carbon fiber.  Of course I've been saying that forever.  

"See the ball, be the ball."

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New FSA Groupset Courtesy of Velonews


Friday, July 17, 2015

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (Trailer)

Just got done watching this documentary on Marco Pantani via Netflix.  If you have access it's definitely worth the viewing time.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Scoot in The Rockies

Scott just sent me a quick pic of his most recent ride in the Rockies.  He took his new MEECH out there to give it a good climbing test.  Love the jersey! Thanks for riding a MEECH Scoot!

We've managed to get the important things moved so far and I'm working a little at a time to get my shop set up.  All I need to do is get a garage door installed and I should be ready for some work.  Termites had eaten up alot of wood around the existing door frame and I've been having to pretend to be a carpenter here lately.  Just for the record, I'm a pretty miserable carpenter.  I would be out there working now except the mosquitos are unbearable at the moment with the shop being wide open.  We're getting close and I'm optimistic.  

Tour is fixing to get good. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Nibali added, “you always hurt yourself” in a crash, no matter how trivial it might appear. When asked if he would continue, he drew a loud round of laughter when he said, “We’re cyclists, not footballers.”

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Nairo Quintana via Velonews

Right away you could see his good climbing, or as we say here in Colombia, that he was an escarabajo,” he told AFP, referring to the traditional name for Colombian cyclists.

“He was very passionate. He would get here early, ride through all the way to Moniquira [another town up the road] and turn back … although sometimes he arrived a little late for school.”

Quintana senior recalled his son buying his first bike.

“It wasn’t for sports,” he said. “He bought it to get around. ‘Till then he hadn’t shown any interest in cycling, but soon someone said he looked like a cyclist, that he was going to be a very good cyclist.”

Quintana was 15 years old at the time. The bike “was used, but in good condition. It looked good, and I started riding it to school … and got hooked,” he said.

In a region with a passion for cycling — and an altitude of 6,562 feet above sea level — Quintana was soon overtaking hardcore riders, blowing past them and their fancy equipment with his school books on his back.

He remembers his principal at Alejandro de Humboldt Technical School worrying that he and his friends would take a spill on the narrow road to school, with its heavy traffic of trucks.

“He would get mad because he saw us going fast downhill … and he wanted to take away our bikes because it scared him,” Quintana said.

Former teachers remember his passion for dance and theater, as well as cycling — but less so for his studies.

“He was pretty quiet. … He was shy but very respectful,” recalled his language instructor, Flor Mireya Vargas, one of many teachers who cleaned up his wounds when he would crash his bike.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Beaver Dam Gravel Grinder

Couple of pics from Lance Wilson's ride through the desert at the recent Beaver Dam Gravel Grinder.  It was 45 miles through desert sand with 4000+ feet of climbing, not to mention 100+ degree temperatures.  He was the only one riding a cross bike but cruised through it all.  Congrats Lance on the accomplishment.  I love seeing MEECHs being ridden and raced in the toughest conditions. 

This looks a bit desolate.  

Thanks for riding a MEECH and feel free to send as many photos as you like from any adventure that you may embark on.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Scoot's Old Frame Gets A Makeover

Scoot dropped off his old MEECH when he picked up his new one the other day for a couple of quick changes to the setup and some fresh paint.  This is the before photo of how it looked from day one however when he handed it off to me it didn't look quite this good.  It kinda looked like he had ridden it to Hell and back a few times and people had thrown stones at him along the way.  I asked him about it and he told me that it hadn't been to Hell, only 5 consecutive Bicycle Tours of Colorado.  I did one of those with Scoot about 6 years ago and got enough climbing in one week to last a lifetime.  The thirty minute descents are nice though. Anyway, he definitely road the molasses out of this frame and it needed some new paint badly.

And this is it.  I've been extremely busy here lately and so I didn't have time to get crazy with it like I wanted to but I like the way the colors work.  I got some more ideas after painting this one but who knows when you'll see them. A storm was blowing in as I was trying to take pictures so the lighting isn't the best but you can get a good idea of the colors here. When the sun hits this turquoise it gives it a bit of a darker, deeper, tint.

I took it for a little test ride after the storm passed just to see how it felt. It seemed to climb nicely however the downhill was a bit sketchy since Scoot only left me about 30 psi in the front tire.  Front end washed out in a sharp corner and I scratched the new paint and tore up all the bar tape on the left hand side.  I turned the bike this way so he couldn't see it.

Just kidding Scoot.  I didn't crash your ride.  But I did accidently scratch it while throwing the parts on it.  Scoot and I go way back so I'm guessing he'll let a little scratch slide on by.  I'm hoping he will anyway.  About 25 years ago I saw Scott almost pile-drive his roommate in a wrestling match. It's a good thing that Scoot's knee blew out or that guy would be looking like Stephen Hawking about right now.  I think someone may have spiked the Red Bull that night. Ah, those old college days.
Like I mentioned in the past post about Scoot, he's a blast to put in the miles with.  We've had a handful of memorable bike trips together.  Bicycle Tour of Colorado and Taos, New Mexico, not to mention all the short trips out to Craighead Forrest back in the college days. He's a pleasure to work with.

This is the last frame you'll see for a while as I may be a little absent from blogging in the next few days to come.  Anne got a new job in our hometown of Jonesboro and we're packing stuff up for the move as we speak.  Mountain Home has been a great place to reside for the past 6 years but we've been hoping that we could get back to our little house for quite a while and it's finally gonna happen.  I'm gonna have my original shop back so I'm pretty excited about that.  It's where the first 5 or 6 MEECHs were built. Also I'll get back to those old roads that I know so well and hopefully get some good riding in with old friends. 

 I don't want to spoil my secret plan but I'm so excited that I can't keep from telling someone.  Our plan is to live in our little old house (which is falling apart since nobody has been living in it) until we sell this house, and then hopefully we can build a new one.  

"That's not much of a secret plan D."

I know, but try and follow me here.  If and when we get a new house, that will leave the little old house vacant.  You with me now.  New MEECH headquarters.  One end of the house is gonna be the machine shop/brazing room part of the workshop while the bedroom on the other end is gonna be a climate-controlled painting booth.  Gonna have a kitchen to cook all the grilled-cheeze sandwiches you can eat and a cappuccino machine for the morning ride buzz.  There might even be enough space for a carbon frame building room. No more sleeping in the dog house for this cat, I'm just gonna go sleep in the fillet-brazing room, carbon fiber room, or the paint-spraying room. By next year's Tour I'm hoping to be living off of beef jerky, chocolate milk, and fumes. That's the dream and I've got my fingers crossed it goes accordingly.  So anyway, I'll try not to be a stranger to my own blog but it's gonna take me a while to get all set up.  I've got all my orders filled except one and I'll be posting some pictures of it and the new shop as soon as I get everything up and running again.

Tour is less than 3 weeks away.  July 4th is the day. It looks like it's shaping up to be a good one.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Bradley Wiggins World Hour Attempt Live

Hopefully you're not stuck inside today like I am but if you are here is a link to Brad Wiggin's Hour attempt.  Even Wiggins said that this could be boring to watch but the last 10 minutes will be exciting. Hopefully this link will work.  There are also a couple of others so I'll see if I can get some options.