Here's something you may not have known about late actor and comedian Robin Williams — he loved cycling and had an extensive collection of bicycles. Now, two years after his death, his children have donated 87 of those bikes to be auctioned off for charity. The proceeds will go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, both of which Williams supported during his life.
The Williams family said of the auction, "We hope these bikes will bring their new owners as much joy as riding them, and helping these causes, always brought him." They added, according to CNN, "And though not required, may we suggest wearing the loudest, most vibrant and brightly patterned, skintight biking gear possible when riding them? Keep the tradition alive."
You can bid on the colorful collection through Paddle 8 until October 25. It includes a unicycle and a polka-dot "Master Pisa" Futura 2000, which has already received a $22,000 bid. Many of the bikes were custom-made, and Williams rode all of them. CNN estimates the auction could raise $200,000.
Williams' friend Conan O'Brien filmed a tribute promoting the auction in which he recalls the time Williams gave him a new bike painted green to look Irish. "It was a brilliant and generous and funny gesture from an amazing guy."
Paddle 8 also published an editorial detailing Williams' love of cycling and support for people with disabilities, including his longtime friend Christopher Reeve and Paralympian Rudy Garcia-Tolson. For 11 years, he and Garcia-Tolson competed on a relay team with Ironman champion Scott Tinley.
Watch Williams himself talk about cycling around San Francisco in the video below:
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