Robin Williams's rare bike collection goes to auction

Late actor's private bicycle collection is put up for auction in aid of charity, includes rare team, one-off and limited edition road bikes

Robin Williams and Jim Ochowicz at the 2003 Tour de France
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Robin Williams was not only a successful and well-loved comedian and actor, he was also a huge fan of cycling and amassed a collection of over 100 bikes. He was an avid cyclist and race fan, appearing at the Tour de France as a spectator and to support the riders.

Williams died in 2014, and his family has now put 87 bikes up for auction to raise funds for two of Williams's favoured charities, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The bikes up for auction include some incredibly rare team issue, special edition and custom-made models – plus some eclectic inclusions, such as a unicycle and a Velotron indoor training bike.

Robin Williams Trek Madone Discovery Channel

Trek Madone Discovery Channel
(Image credit: Paddle 8)

There are many top-of-the-range road bikes, including several from teams associated with 7-Eleven and BMC Racing team founder Jim Ochowicz, the latter of whom was a personal friend of Williams.

The bikes are being auctioned via Paddle 8, which includes an online catalogue of the models being sold.

There are road machines from Pinarello, Look, Specialized, Casati, Trek, Orbea, Zipp, LeMond, Cervelo, De Rosa, Litespeed, Giant, Colnago, Merlin, Bianchi, Kestrel, Cooper, Calfee, Taylor, BMC, Cervelo, Fondriest, Pegoretti, Cannondale, Independent Fabrication, Masi, Merckx, Lynskey, Serotta, Delta 7 and Ritchey.

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There are also several mountain bikes, touring bikes and cruisers.

Many of the machines are pictured complete with water bottle cages and saddle packs, showing that these machines were not just collected and cherished by Williams, but ridden too. Several of the machines have obviously been adapted to Williams's preferred riding position, with a relatively high handlebar height.

Dario Pegoretti was a favourite of Williams, and there are several models on offer from the Italian builder. One custom-made model, a Love #3, includes the following cryptic wording on the frame: "Too bad I don’t work for free, I would love to contribute" and "And have someone check your ideas before you go online with the work!".

The lowest current price is for a Fuji track bike at $650, going all the way up to a rare Trek Madone Discovery Channel team bike with bids starting at $10,000.

Robin Williams Zipp 2001

Zipp 2001
(Image credit: Paddle 8)

Rob Williams Fuji track bike

Fuji track bike
(Image credit: Paddle 8)

Robin Williams Velotron training bike

Velotron training bike
(Image credit: Paddle 8)

Robin Williams Dario Pegoretti

Robin Williams Dario Pegoretti Love #3
(Image credit: Paddle 8)

Robin Williams Pinarello Master Pista

Colnago Master Pista
(Image credit: Paddle 8)

Robin Williams Team Sky Pinarello Dogma

Team Sky Pinarello Dogma 60.1
(Image credit: Paddle 8)

Robin Williams CSC Cervelo P3C

CSC Cervelo P3C
(Image credit: Paddle 8)

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