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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 11, 2015

Backyard Pictures Are Back!

You thought you might never see any more of my backyard pics ever again.  You even started to miss them a little didn't ya?  I hope so.  Anyway, it took longer than I ever could've imagined but I finally finished this frame.  It turned out much better than i ever could've expected with all the setbacks that I've gone through.  The building went good, the painting went about as smooth as I could've hoped for, and overall I feel good about going forward.  Truth is we just haven't got settled in yet.  This is our hometown and we're in our old house (big part of problems) but things just haven't started to flow like I had hoped they would.  It's gradually getting better and all there is to do is keep pushing forward at whatever pace I can.  There were a couple of times early on that I was gonna call Phil and say, "It's not gonna happen." There were a couple of other times that I figured my frame building business was finished.  I felt I was just really getting going good this past year and then the chaos (Jack came along) began.  I wouldn't change a thing.  The number of frames is gonna drop for certain but I'm gonna keep building every chance that I have because after this whole ordeal I realized that I just really enjoy doing it, and I want to get better at it, and the painting as well.  I enjoy that as much as the building. So that's how it's gonna be.

"I reckon so."

Coronado Green, aka Bianchi green.  Ok, I'm sure there might be a few different pigments in this paint versus the original Bianchi but I would say that the girl at O'reilly did a pretty good job of picking this one out.  Personally, if it's any different than Bianchi's color, I think it's even better.

"Just who do you think you are taking Bianchi's trademark color and painting your frames with it?"

If the customer wants it, and there's no law against using it, then the customer gets it.  If you got something to say, come on with it, because I'll enjoy the conversation. Besides, I can't recall ever seeing a Bianchi with gold on it, but I would strongly recommend trying it because they look so good together. 

"What is that creeping up behind this beautiful frame?"

Don't worry, I'll tell you later. It's backyard picture time from the new MEECH shop.  Actually it's the front yard, but had I not told you, you never would've known. They both need mowing.

I have already mentioned this but it's a 650B touring bike for Phil Pasantino, one of my earliest customers who has purchased 3 MEECH's so far.  Thanks Phil!

The sun and shade provide a variety of shades for these two colors.  These photos will give you a little taste of all of them.

This is Nico.  He's the latest addition to the family.  A buddy of mine found him wondering the streets and with the recent loss of Smokey and Louis this past year we were ready for another cat.  I thought I was ready. Not so sure now. 

English wheelie compliments of Pletscher kickstands.  Just happend to have this old Bianchi cap hanging on the wall and wanted to see how close I got to the color. It'll pass.

Thanks for stopping by and I'm gonna try to get back out into the shop as soon as possible.  Thanks for the patience. Peace! (Where'd it go?)

Check out the final stages of the Vuelta.  Only 5 seconds between Aru and Dumoulin after today.  Tomorrow is gonna be a war.  Watch how hard Fabio Aru attacks when he goes.  It's about as hard as I've ever seen anyone attack. Granted, he may be a bit tired after 3 weeks but he'll still give it a good, solid dig. Wonder if any GC contenders have ever actually raced on the parade day? You may see it this year. Check it out!

MEECH Custom Bicycles
handmade in 
Jonesboro, Arkansas

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