Friday, February 28, 2014
Love the tool rolls made by Soul Roll or whatever the name is. I want one even if I don't go to the races.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
My buddy Mike Wurster is looking to sell his frameset due to some health issues and he has it listed on Ebay at a very fair price. I hate that he's having to sell it but I understand, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. This frame was maybe my second or third frame to paint and I remember Mike clearly told me he wanted me to paint it. It looks like it has held up pretty well. Anyway, I just wanted to try and help him out because we have become buddies over the past couple of years and I would much rather see someone riding this thing than to just have it sitting in a corner somewhere. If I remember right its a 57cm frame with 73 degree angles and a little extra tire clearance.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Just put the finishing touches on the fork for my buddy Jam Afana's road frame. Its done Jam! Now we just need to wait for a little warm weather so that I can get out in the paint booth and splash this thing with some color. We already got a paint scheme in mind.
This shot here looks a little plain with all the dead grass, trees, and unpainted frame, but in short order the weather is gonna be turning and I'll lay down the primer for some MEECH colors on this canvas. I've got a little story about my favorite bike ride of all time. Check back.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Here is a short video about a man from Germany named Sven Marx. I do not know him personally but was recently contacted by him via Facebook and he asked me if I would share his story. He has a dream of cycling around the world and he seems to have endured quite a few obstacles in his life however it seems that they have failed to slow him down. I wish him good luck on his quest.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I'm not sure that this really proves much in the bicycle world however its an interesting video to watch. I personally had no idea that carbon fiber was this strong.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
Its been a long time coming. For anyone who may follow this blog at all, you know I've been working on this carbon frame forever. For whatever reason its taken me this long but its done now, everything except maybe a few brush strokes to enhance the overall look. I work with a guy at the bistro who does hand pin-striping and I may let him play with this frame a bit and see what he comes up with. This photo here just shows the fit of the integrated bearing and it came out nice. I got to use my integrated head tube cutters, I love 'em.
I didn't really do any pre-planning for the seatpost but it turned out that a 31.6mm post fit perfectly.
The brake bridge will get improved on the next frame. This wasn't thought about too much beforehand and I just kinda threw this idea together on the fly. Its a piece of steel tubing compressed and then wrapped in carbon. Its sufficient but I plan on doing better.
I built this frame Di2 compatible but I'll just be using my same old Campy groupset that I've had for the last few years. I didn't enjoy cutting holes in the chainstay on two sides but I think its gonna be ok. I guess we'll find out. I was gonna wrap some extra carbon or even kevlar around the right stay in order to beef it up but I just decided to roll with it as it. I can still do it if I need to but i think I'm just gonna give it a dig and see where I'm at with it.
I could've used some flat-head screws for this and it would've been a bit more pleasing to the eye. Oh well, its a prototype.
I tried to create as much room in the bb shell for housing all the wiring and so forth. Hopefully its sufficient.
This is it.
The last few days have been pretty cold here in Mountain Home, both inside and out. We recently got about 2-3 inches of ice and snow here and the temp has dropped dramatically. "Why is it cold inside D? Did you leave a window open?" Well, kind of. Those last couple of blog posts didn't sit well with some folks. I got a bit of an earfull on a couple of fronts. I got called a racist by one guy. I've been called a lot of things by people in my time, mainly people in cars passing me on the road, but never a racist. I've managed to live for 46 years without being called that one and truthfully I would've liked to live another 46 without hearing it, but the run is over. I'm not gonna lie, it hurt. My first thought was, "Oh no, am I gonna be put in a boat with Mel Gibson and Paula Deen?" I can't stand Mel Gibson, and I don't care for Paula Deen much either, but maybe she'll bring some of that cobbler that she makes with Krispy Kreme donuts. My fingers were crossed. And then I thought, "Maybe Axl Rose will be sitting somewhere close." I always thought he had an interesting personality. In the song "One in a Million", Axl managed to insult immigrants, homosexuals, African-Americans, and the cops. He must be a multi-tasker. I'm not that good yet. My Greek grandparents came over from Greece in the early 1900's but I wasn't offended. He'll probably get a seat in first-class since he is so accomplished. Then I started wondering, "Am I gonna go to Hell?" Oh well, at least it'll be warm there. Anything to get me out of this ice and snow. "Come on kids, get your swimsuits and sand buckets, this year we're going to Hell."
That first night I didn't get much sleep. I kept thinking, "Am I a racist?" I never thought I was. I always hated the Ku Klux Klan and thought they were a big joke. I've never told anyone this before but I've always imagined me and some friends ambushing a KKK rally with paintball guns, you know, just come out of the bushes firing, paint their arses about 10 different colors, send 'em home looking like a bowl of Skittles. I could see the ol'boy walking in the house with his tail between his legs with a handful of sheets and pillow cases looking like they'd been tye-dyed by a bunch of hippies. His wife would scream, "VERN, you've ruined our best sheets again!" Just for the record, not all people named Vern are in the KKK. I just wanted to clear that up.
So anyway, now I'm a racist. Its hard being a racist, well, its easy to become a racist, you might be one and not even know it, that was the case with me. I've only been a racist for about 36 hours now but its been rough. I didn't really want to leave the house all day but then I needed to run to Lowe's and so I was forced to. I warmed my truck up and put my boots on. I laced 'em up pretty tight because I was thinking I might run into some trouble, I mean people don't take kindly to racist. I felt like I had racist written on the back of my shirt, you know, like a football jersey with a big number and across the back it said, "RACIST". When I pulled up into the parking lot at Lowe's I just kinda sat there for a minute and looked around. I was afraid someone might throw eggs or tomatos at me, like uncooked ones, but everything looked pretty safe. I pulled my hat down over my eyes a bit and kept my shades on and didn't make eye contact with anyone and I managed to get in and out without any trouble. "Whooosh, that was close."
I'm feeling a bit better today. I've decided to accept my racism. When I initially got called a racist I was hurt and offended, but after thinking about it a bit, I thought, "Wait a minute, I've played this game before. I call you a name and you get mad, so you call me a name and I get mad. This is a kid's game." I remembered something I read in an Eckhart Tolle book. It said when you experience something that hurts you, to not react with emotions quickly but rather be accepting of it and embrace it. Feel it, let it soak in deep and you'll find strength in it. So I did, and I feel better. I've already started my Racist Rehabilitation program. I want to embrace the Jewish community. Mr. Richard Sachs told me that he attended a Yeshiva for eight years. I don't know what that is but it sounds fun. I imagine they'll have live music and lots of food kinda like a Greek Festival. I went to Lollapalooza once but it was only 2 days, Janes Addiction headlined. They're my favorite band of all time, Perry Farrell is Jewish you know. He sang one song about Whores and another about Summertime. It was a good time.
So anyway, there isn't a Yeshiva in Mountain Home to help me and so I just decided to start finding famous Jewish people that I like because I knew I didn't dislike all of them, just a few of them. So below I've picked out some of my favorite Jews of all time. I actually had no idea that half of them were Jewish.
Billy Crystal He's alright, very entertaining, pretty funny, and I like some of the stuff he's done. He was in City Slickers and a few other movies. Most of all i like his upbeat personality.
Gwyneth Paltrow. Great looking, a really classy women. Nobody can not like her.
Ben Stiller. Good looking man, great smile. He was in "Theres Something About Mary" and he had a bunch of jizz in his ears. His dad is also very entertaining. Like 'em both.
Julia Louis-Dryfess. Another super-classy Jewish girl. She played Elaine on Seinfeld. Love her. I loved that whole cast and still watch reruns constantly. Its on the TV right now.
I forgot this girl's name. Silverspoon or Silverton, who knows. I don't care that much for her really. She's just some slut on Comedy Central. I'm sure her dad is proud.
Adam Sandler. Great smile, very funny to some. I personally don't find him that funny. I thought his best movie was "Funny People" with Seth Rogan. He seems like a very personable and likeable Jewish man. Very cool.
Seth Rogan. Love him and all his pot-smoking movies. "Super Bad" was an excellent movie as was "Pineapple Express". Seems like he would be a blast to hang out with. That reminds me. One Thanksgiving night a couple of years ago my wife had to work and my mother-in-law put the movie "Knocked Up" in and I had forgot about all the dirty scenes in it. Needless to say, long movie. I was also a huge fan of the show "Freaks and Geeks" in his early years.
This is Peter Faulk. I always thought he was cool but I'm not sure what he did. Maybe he was in some show called "Get Smart". It doesn't look like he ever did.
Paul Rudd. This guy has been in so many movies over the past 10 years I honestly don't know how he keeps track of his lines. Another good-looking guy, great smile. Love him!
Aayyyyyeeeee! The Fonz. Super-cool guy! Everyone loves the Fonz. He was on "Happy Days" and jumped his motorcycle over 13 garbage cans. Thats not bad, but I know of at least 3 MEECH team riders that can jump further than that on their cross bikes. This show takes me back to when I was a kid and me and my family would sit around watching TV together. I miss those days.
This is one of the most famous Jewish men of all time, Albert Einstein. He discovered the Theory of Relativity and was the first man to ride a bicycle in outer space.
I had to come back because i forgot Gene Wilder. How could I leave out one of my favorite actors of all time.
And I almost forgot the most famous Jew of all time, Jesus Christ. Its funny though, when I look at Jesus Christ I don't see Jesus the Jew, I just see Jesus, and I think thats the way we're probably supposed to view one another.
Thanks for checking out my stuff.
Now, back to building bicycle frames.
Monday, February 3, 2014
A couple of days ago I did one of my weekly blog posts just sort of touching base with you guys and letting you know what I was working on. There wasn't anything really special happening, nothing you hadn't already seen before so in typical Meech fashion I tried to add a little humor to the post as to not bore you guys completely to death. I said some things, as I do on occasion, that could offend some people. I called Richard Sachs, whom I've never met personally, a "dick" and I also made some references to Jews that very well could be frowned on by some. I also joked about Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, and who knows what else.
Over the past 5 years, give or take, that I've been blogging I've said some derogatory things about a handful of subjects that some people could take the wrong way. I've joked about random people, their habits, certain countries, religions, Jesus, the blind, etc., sometimes knowing that it might create a spark, but at the same time I felt that nobody would really take it that serious. I guess I assume that you guys know how I am and that you probably are just thinking, "Dimitri is chattering a bunch of nonsense again." I try not to take myself too serious on this blog and I hope that you guys don't either. My main concern is that the photos of my work show that I am indeed serious about frame building.
So anyway, not long after I posted that last post I get an email from non other than Richard Sachs. Turns out he has some sort of low-lying, high-end radar system on his website that picks up anything that is said about him or his frames. He was very polite to me and simply said that my blog showed up on his website's Sitemeter, so he read it and asked me if I had a problem I wanted to discuss and that he was open-minded. After exchanging a couple of emails we both agreed that this conversation was of no further significance to either of us and to just let it go. He kindly told me that he wasn't asking for an apology or a retraction of what I said and thats the way it stands today.
The reason I am writing this now is for anyone else out there who has visited my blog and read something that offended them. I have included the first email that I sent to Richard Sachs because it tells a little about me and my blogging style. I put a lot of thought into it as this was important to me and I hope that it will help clarify some things to anyone I may have offended. Its quite long and you're probably already bored reading this but oh well, this makes me feel a little better.
First off, I wanna say that I do not have a problem with you, as I don't personally know you. I'm really surprised that you read my blog post
and I'm glad that you're open-minded because I stand more of a chance of clarifying my semi-belligerent blogging style. Where do I even start
to explain a rant like that? Let me try.
If you read the whole thing then I'm sure you know that there is no rhyme or reason to any of it. Its really nothing more than a second-rate
stand-up act, and I know that some of it is tasteless but I never really think anyone is taking it serious. When I'm writing, one thought sparks another, and then another,
and before I know it my mind has bounced around like a tornado. Sometimes my posts originate from my imagination while other times it comes from past occurences.
On occasion, pretty frequently actually, my mind drifts into subjects that may be touchy and very well could offend people. It seems difficult for me
to avoid saying some things just because someone may be offended, so I normally go ahead and say it even if I know there will be repercusions. Its kind of like
not being afraid of a confrontation, because normally not much comes of confrontations, but should something come of it I'm willing to take the licks that I deserve.
Also, you probably noticed that sometimes I talk from another's perspective. Thats just me reacting to something that i've just said in a way that I think someone else
Where this post is a bit different from most others is that instead of just general thoughts and observations I actually used some real names, your's of course as
well as others. I doubt Bill or Monica have read this post. I called you a "dick" in the post and it seems worse now than it did at the time. I said that based on some
of the comments that I've read from you from time to time on forums. You seem to say things the way you see fit and I don't think you really worry about what others may
think. I actually like that about you even though I may not like the exact thing that you say. Its not appropriate for me to call someone a name when I've never actually met them
and I know better. Sometimes I try to add a little humor (if you could even call it that) to my blog posts so that its not just the same old boring posts about me building another
frame. I try to add a little something extra or a little flare for anyone who might be checking out my stuff. Some may like it and some may say, "I don't want this jerk to build my frame."
Its possible I've lost some business because of certain blog posts however I can't worry about that because I'm being me and speaking from the heart.
To show you how this post came to be is really simple. When I was writing and I mentioned "feeling rusty", I immediately thought about people who always say that
steel frames rust. Then I thought, "Who would be the best person to respond to one of those rust accusations?" You immediately came to mind because you are one
of the premier steel frame builders and I'm sure you've answered that question more times than you care to. Then of course I inappropriately called you a "dick" based
on my past impressions of whatever comments I may have read. I also made reference to ATMO because you do seem to say that a lot in my opinion. And lastly,
I said something about "good luck buying PegoRitchie products", and my thinking was, you'd never sell anything to me now after I've almost certainly offended you.
Now that I've done the best that I can to explain myself and this blog post I would like to tell you that I really do respect you and your work. I've always known
that you were a great frame builder, your work is first-class. I just recently saw one of your frames for the first time at the Arkansas Cross Championships and it was a very nice looking
bike, very classy indeed. And while I have respect for any great frame builder I have even more respect for the fact that you've built a business from the ground
up and made a living building bike frames. Thats an amazing feat in my mind and I would love to one day be doing something similar.
I'll probably issue you a formal apology on my blog because you deserve it. I said some things that may or may not have touched on your business side of things
and that wasn't my intentions, however I doubt that I could ever say anything that would affect your business. I think you're pretty solid.
You may prefer that I don't issue you an apology and that I just let it sit there and teach me a lesson. I owe you that much.
I would also like to call you and talk to you personally just so you know I'm not hiding behind emails and blog posts, and if I ever meet you in person I would
be glad to buy you a steak and a beer or whatever your taste is.
I'm sorry for the super-long email. My only hope is that you will give this a quick read as this is much more sincere than my blog post was.
MEECH Custom Bicycles
p.s.- I hope you're not Jewish.
I wrote this little "p.s." simply as a joke because after inappropriately calling him a name I thought, "Man, I hope he's not Jewish as well because then i would've offended him even more so. It turns out that Richard Sachs is indeed Jewish and attended a Yeshiva for 8 years. I didn't know what that was and had to research it and so basically Richard taught something new, and I always enjoy learning new things, so thank you Mr. Sachs.
When I write these blog posts I really have no idea where all these thoughts come from, they just sort of appear. Once I read a book about the great Spanish artist Salvador Dali and they were talking about the references that people make about his paintings. His reply was, "How could they possibly know what these images mean when i myself don't even know." I'm not anything like Salvador Dali but you understand what I'm getting at. Sometimes I write a post and then go for a walk with the dog and I think of something that may or may not enhance the post a little, and so I'll add it later, hoping that it does make it more interesting. This is all done for the sake of a little entertainment and I sincerely hope that nobody takes any of this too serious. I try to make fun of myself as well because I feel like we're all created equal. In regards to my frame building, i do take that serious. When someone asks me to build them a frame I take the work that I do for them and their safety very seriously.
If you managed to stay awake reading all of this I appreciate your time and now I better get back to building some frames.