The late, great comedian Robin Williams was a bicycle fanatic, and on Thursday, online auction house Paddle8 began auctioning 87 bikes from his collection to benefit two charities.
Here are the seven bike that stood out to me for their awesomeness. The holidays are coming up, also I get paid Friday…
Delta 7 employs an exotic “Iso-Truss” woven grid structure for its carbon tubes. It is supremely weird and so very awesome.
Delta 7’s “Ascend” is a Kevlar and carbon fiber road bike with a unique woven Kevlar construction.
Component level and lists: Campagnolo Record, Campagnolo Chorus front derailleur, Campagnolo brake levers, Zipp carbon wheels with aluminum brake track, MOST carbon ergo bars, MOST carbon stem, Campagnolo Record seatpost, FIZIK Arione saddle, Reynolds OUZO Pro carbon fork, Speedplay pedals.
The Colnago C50 is pure class, one of the sexiest bikes ever created.
The Colnago “C50” is a competitive carbon road bike.
Component level and lists: Shimano Dura Ace, Chris King headset, integrated stem and handlebar, Shimano Dura Ace pedals, Fizik Aliante saddle, Shimano Dura Ace wheels.
Zipp made some weird bikes in the 90s, the 2001 being a great example, but it was also pretty damn fast. The bike still has a strong following in the triathlon community and was the fastest time trial bike of its day.
Zipp’s “2001” is a competitive time trial road bike. This is one of the fastest time trial bikes ever manufactured, making it a piece of road biking history.
Component level and lists: Shimano Dura Ave, Ventana carbon fork, Mavic Cosmic wheels, Profile Ironman triathlon/aero bars, SpeedPlay pedals
If I had a dollar for every night I stayed up in bed as a teenager drooling over pictures of Rocky Mountain bikes I’d probably been able to buy one. The Vancouver-based manufacturer defined an era on the single track.
The Rocky Mountain “Element T.O.” is a full suspension cross country mountain bike, finished with legendary bike shop “Sausalito Cyclery” Canadian emblems.
Component level and lists: Shimano XTR, Marzocchi Bomber Z2 front suspension fork, Chris King headset, Easton Scandium handlebar, Easton stem, Raceface seatpost, Fox Vinilla Float RC rear shock, Hayes hydraulic disc brakes, WTB Lazer wheels, Shimano SPD pedals, Specialized saddle.
Who the hell doesn’t want to commute to work on this beauty?
This is an electric bike with a belt drive.
Component level and lists: Shimano Alfine belt drive, Hydraulic disc brake, Sugino crank.
Cold-war era steel frame built for the Russian cycling team complete with a rockin’ red and yellow color scheme? Say no more, my new worlds bike has arrived.
Throughout the late 80s and early 90s, Masi regularly built bikes for the Soviet Union national cycling teams. Their bikes were notably used by the team in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the Tour DuPont. The “3V Ma3N CCCP” was destined for such competitive use; however, following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 the team dissipated and the bikes were no longer needed. Masi consequently turned the bikes into a limited edition series of 100. This highly-coveted and extremely rare bike is built with 3V Volumetrica oversized tubing.
Component level and lists: Campagnolo Record, Campagnolo hubs, titanium stem, Selle Italia Flite saddle, Speedplay pedals, carbon seatpost and handlebar.
It’s impossible to tell for certain from the listing, but this looks like an actual USPS team bike, with the Mavic wheels and oversized Shimano branding on the crank. Williams was a huge Lance Armstrong and USPS fan and he had several of team bikes in his collection, but a TT bike is something special and different. Shit on Lance all you want, but that guy could ride a fucking TT and who wouldn’t want to feel a little of that glory on the local bike path?
Trek’s “USPS Postal Service” is a sleek aero road bike with blue bar tape and red pedals.
Component level and lists: Shimano Dura Ace groupset, Mavic Carbone wheels, Profile Design Aero bars with integrated stem, Selle Italia San Marco saddle, Look Delta pedals.