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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, September 8, 2011

Rich's Road Racer

A quick tacking of the tubes and Rich's frame is all ready for the final brazing after I install the brake bridge and check the alignment.  This is a pretty big frame, the largest one I've built to date.  Rich is roughly 6'6" but he knows the riding style and frame measurements that work for him so it made it fairly easy for me drawing it up. The goal was to build a "big boyz" bike yet keep it tight and not have that unproportional look that a lot of big frames have.  Today, all the carbon frames have those super-fat mega-tubes that makes the largest frames look pretty compact but it isn't quite so easy with steel tubing when you are trying to keep the weight down as well.  This frame here is roughly a 62 cm frame with a little longer head tube (238 mm) to accommodate his preferred riding position.  The head tube is 1 1/8" and I used one of my favorite down tubes, the Pear to Penta, while the top tube is an OX Platinum 31.8 mm.  We put about a 5 degree slope on the tt and it tightened the whole thing up quite a bit.  Should be plenty strong for those outta the saddle digs when you go on the attack.  We also decided on some s-bend chain and seat stays because everyone loves a curvy rear end and it gives Rich a little extra space for running larger tires.  In the winter time I love training on 28-30c tires.  We are gonna put a steel fork on this frame as well so I'm thinking this bike is just gonna roll like a Cadillac.  I am really curious to see what kind of paint scheme Rich chooses for this.  We'll just have to wait and see.  Stay tuned.  Chao.





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