The wind wraps around you like a coat as you’re carving the turn; there’s the brilliant blue of the Mediterranean below, a wide-angle view like the sky turned upside down. The bike you’re riding is carrying you like a dream. In the moment, you can’t imagine anything better, and that’s saying something considering you were just onstage the night before, guitar in hand, in front of a roaring crowd of rockabilly and blues fans.
That’s when you see it—the future. Your future. The perfect next career after years of touring the world. So you make it happen.
Bicycles, motorcycles, guitars and hot-rodding: welcome to the world of David Lee. Since childhood, he’s loved riding and working on bicycles: designing and building naturally followed for the Legendary Shack Shakers guitarist.
Hey, the man loves steel, titanium, all that metal, but listen as he explains why carbon fiber is his canvas of choice for his speed machines and you will understand why his shop, Clementine Bicycle Works, is different: “It’s stiff where it needs to be and flexes where it needs to, so the rider doesn’t get hammered,” says David Lee, who works with customers to build a custom-fit bike to match their exact riding needs. Whether you want a high performance bike for racing or something cool and quiet for your commute, he can fit it to you, build it and add a custom paint job on too.
Because you want a bike in this town.
“Twenty minutes of pedaling south and you’re out on a rural road on an island,” Lee, a native Charlestonian, says. “Or go north on 17 and head up to the Francis Marion. Or put the bike in the car, drive 3 hours, and enjoy some world-class biking in the mountains.”
“This is a cycling town and the upcoming years are going to show an upswing in non-motor transport, especially for the peninsula. I’m looking forward to that.”