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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.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

BMXer

Got a start on Matt's frame yesterday and I'm fixing to get back to it as soon as I absorb this cup of coffee.  I know I've posted a hundred of these bottom bracket photos but its how I start out on a frame, actually it starts with the drawing but this is the first actual building that I do.  I just like to start out with a perfectly tight miter and the level lets you know you're vertical, although the level doesn't prevent me from taking a crooked picture.  If you look close you can tell I don't have the camera perfectly straight.  Thats ok though, I'm not a photographer, I'm a frame builder.  This foundation is true.  Onward!

This is the stock dummy axle slider from Bringheli and it has a neat little measuring stick attached in order to measure your bottom bracket drop but since BMX frames have a bb height instead of drop I had to have an attachment to my jig made, it was shown in some earlier posts a while back.  Without having a way to know where the bottom bracket was sitting in correlation to the axle center I had to figure out a way to measure it. And the next picture shows you how I did it.

At first I was just gonna measure up from the floor but thats not really an accurate method for something that needs to be precise so I just mounted this level to the jig and measured down to the bottom bracket center and the rear axle center to get the difference.  The bottom bracket is gonna sit 1 7/8" higher than the axle center and when I'm eyeballing the jig the axle center looks much lower than that, its not, 1 7/8" on the nose.  I think I measured it about a hundred times.

Paragon stainless track dropouts.  Top shelf components.  Alright back to work.  Chao amigos.

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