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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.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Don't Touch It, It's Toxic

Here is a frame that I finished painting last week and am just now getting around to posting some pics.  The colors are Toxic Orange (aka Mango Tango) and clearly white.  This is a frame that I built some time ago and have just been too busy to get it finished.  I still need to get a seatpost made for it as this is made to incorporate one of my integrated seat post.  I built this frame after building Branton Moore's cross frame which this design was actually his idea.  I liked it and decided to do another that way.  This frame is more of a gravel road racer type frame as the fork and rear triangle have extra tire clearance built in to accommodate some wider tire selections and you will need some longer pull brake calipers.  I actually have some Pauls Medium Racers that i planned on using on this frame.  Oh yeah, now I remember.  I built this frame to take to a show and it never got finished, well its done now.  I thought so much about how I was gonna paint this thing and I never could completely decide so because of time issues and the fact that I was having dizziness for about a week I just decided to keep it a simple two colors and i like it.  I had the white base coat laid down and was fixing to start taping it off for the second color and I was just so dizzy I couldn't focus so I bailed and started over the next day when I was feeling a little better.  Its a wonder it turned out this good.  Its rideable.

Why must all my photos lean to the left?  Must have something to do with that dizziness.

The seatpost will be 27.2 mm inside diameter and the outside will be 28.6, which is the same o.d. as the seat tube.  The post will have a lip that butts up to the top of the seatpost, its basically secure from slippage at that point but then the clamp keeps it from spinning.  The seatpost will be cut to the exact saddle height for whoever this frame may end up in the hands of.  Could be you.

I like this photo.  Makes me think of ice cream and barber shops.  Personally I don't really care for going to the barber.  I'm running a little shaggy these days.  But ask me if I like ice cream, I dare you.

Road caliper brake bridge but like i said you'll need some longer pull brakes.  You can actually fit a cross tire in here.  This is the "go anywhere" frame.  Shimano makes some nice long-pull calipers as does Cane Creek.  Paul's Components probably has a couple of choices.  I need to shoot a photo of the Race Mediums that I have.  Be right back.

Oooh la la!  Can you imagine making something like this yourself.  Paul does it everyday.  These are fine works of functioning art.  

Brake housing exit.  The seat post will actually have a slot cut into the lower portion to allow the housing to pass through and that way it gives a little extra support in the seatstay juncture.

I have no idea why I put these panels on the back of the seat tube but I did.  As if there wasn't enough masking and taping off to do.  Sometimes I don't know when to stop.

This is it in all it's glory.  Its got a 1 1/8" steel fork so its gonna roll like a locomotive and track like its on rails.  This is a big boys bike.  

Loaded like a freight train, 
flying like an aeroplane, 
feeling like a spacebrain one more time tonight.
Wake up baby,
honey put on your clothes 
and take yo credit card 
to the liquor stoe.

Remember that one?  
I know you don't remember this one,

I know a girl named Elsa,
she's into Alka Seltzer,
she sniffs it through a cane
 on a supersonic train,
 she did it with her doctor
 on his helicopter, 
and she makes me laugh,
I have her autograph.

The more I look at this frame I'm thinking that i may keep it and ride it myself, after all it is in my size. Build it up with some Campy Soopa Soopa and roll it like dice.

Does it look toxic?

Thanks for checking things out.

MEECH Custom Bicycles
handmade in 
Mountain Home, Arkansas

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