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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.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

MEECH-Cross a Reality??

Ok.  Anyone who has read this blog in the past may have come across a post or two about my dream of putting on a race called MEECH-Cross.  There is a story about it somewhere in all this mess that I've made, probably hidden in some posts dating back more than 3-4 years ago, who knows where.  Anyway, my idea for MEECH-Cross was basically a cyclocross race on a shorter course without barriers (no bailing off your bike and jumping over things),  perhaps a jump or two, a couple of berms, and it all starts with a downhill motocross style start.  This way everyone is starting side by side and no one is stuck on a back row behind 50 others. I like to call the start, a fair start.

MEECH-X was kind of a dream that I had but didn't really know if it would happen or not, and the truth is that I still don't know if it will happen or not but there is a chance.  I have a few acres around my house here in Jonesboro and it may be just big enough to pull something off.  My main concern was drawing a big enough crowd to make it a legit race and that in turn made me wonder if I could find sufficient parking for the racers, as I live on the side of a pretty busy road.  While I think I may have adequate parking for a significant number of racers, should a MEECH-X event ever happen, and should it be a success, and should I run out of parking spots, then I guess the overflow would be able to park on the side of the road.  I didn't know if that was doable or not until today when I noticed there was an auction taking place down the street from me and there were more than 100 cars parked on the side of the road.  I felt like MEECH-X had just become a real possibility, so much so that while I was mowing this afternoon I started laying out a course on the property.  If
MEECH-X actually becomes a reality then this here is what the start is gonna look like.  Top of the hill and wide enough for quite a few racers to line up side by side.  I imagine the start is gonna be pretty fast, and you don't even want to see what's at the bottom of this thing.

Yep.  It may be hard to make out but this is the landing of a double-jump right at the bottom of the hill, as well as the designated local for future MEECH-X yard sales.


Will it happen?  Not this year for sure because we're still trying to get things fixed up and settle in a bit.  But next year, well, let's wait and see.

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