About Me

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Back in my hometown of Jonesboro., Arkansas, United States
My name is Dimitri Harris and I have been building frames for over 9 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, which is 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 Jonesboro, 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, January 10, 2012

Fun is over, and the work begins.

Drawing the frame up on paper is relaxing, getting a proper fit on the tubes is interesting, brazing is enjoyable business, then comes the clean-up.  Filing, sanding, more filing and sanding.  I don't particularly like the cleanup work but its how its gonna shine when I'm done that gets me through it.  I don't consider it a bicycle frame until its finished.  Check out Braze-On Man.  He was the center for the Redskins but since they didn't get into the playoffs he's got a little free time to lend a hand.  The old Bringheli jig has served me well on many frames. I quit counting frames after #10 but I imagine I'm getting close to #100.  The last couple of years I've tried to get away from giving any attention to unimportant numbers, like age, etc., and just focus on the tasks of the day.  One time I actually forgot that it was my birthday.  I was filling out an entry form for a motocross race and asked the girl behind the table what the date was and she said..., and I said, "No lie?", and she said, "If I'm lying, I'm dying, and there's gonna be a lot of boys crying."  As I was walking back to the pits I started thinking that since it was my birthday that I might have a really special race.  It was if you consider bent bars,  a smashed pipe, and a trashed radiator special.

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