ROBIN WILLIAMS WITH HIS ZIPP “2001” TIME TRIAL ROAD BIKE, ONE OF THE FASTEST EVER MANUFACTURED, NOW ON AUCTION
Now on auction through October 25th at Paddle8, is a phenomenal collection of bicycles owned by none other than the late great actor and comedian Robin Williams. Williams was known as an avid cyclist, as well as a fierce advocate for people with disabilities. 87 of his favorite bicycles have been donated by the Williams family to honor these passions. Titled “The Collector: Robin Williams”, the auction is expected to generate over $200,000, with all proceeds to benefit two of the nonprofits to which he was dedicated: the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which supports athletes with disabilities through physical fitness and competitive athletics; and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury.
Williams’ expansive and eccentric collection is considered legendary by cycling enthusiasts, containing many groundbreaking designs, and ranging from road to mountain, time trial to single speed, as well as one-of-a-kind choppers, unicycles, and scooters. Williams was known for his flamboyant style and these bicycles are no exception. Many of them were custom made, and tricked out with loudest graphics and the hottest components.
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RIGHT TOP: ORBEA TEAM EUSKALTEL 2003 ROAD BIKE; BOTTOM: TREK USPS TT POSTAL SERVICE AERO ROAD BIKE
“Though bright, skin-tight spandex still remains one of the more embarrassing outfits to regularly witness your Dad wearing growing up”, the Williams family was quoted saying, “the sport of biking and the people Dad helped through his love of it will always hold a special place in the hearts of our family. Causes like the Reeve Foundation, championed by his longtime friends Chris and Dana Reeve, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, in whose triathlons he often biked, were both deeply important to him and we’re honored to be able to continue to support them both in Dad’s name. And though not required, may we suggest wearing the loudest, most vibrant and brightly-patterned, skintight biking gear possible when riding them?”
For Robin Williams and cycling fans, the auction represents the opportunity to own a piece of both his and the sports most iconic bicycles. Here are a few of our favorites and be sure to check out all 87 now on view at Paddle8.
LEFT COLUMN: TREK Y33 OCLV CARBON FIBER FULL SUSPENSION MOUNTAIN BIKE; BIANCHI MEGA PRO XL REPARTO CORSE TEAM REPLICA LIMITED EDITION; SCHWINN CHOPPER HOG ROADSTER; SOMA RUSH FIXED GEAR SINGLE SPEED
RIGHT COLUMN: VAN DESSEL COUNTRY ROAD BOB SINGLE SPEED CYCLOCROSS BIKE; CERVELO PC3 TRIATHLON ROAD BIKE; OUTLAND VPP FULL SUSPENSION MOUNTAIN BIKE; KESTRAL 4000, FIRST ALL CARBON COMPOSITE BIKE FRAME