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Celebrity cyclists?(32 posts)

Celebrity cyclists?gala7516
Oct 25, 2003 9:56 AM

Apparently Jo Dee Messina is a cyclist. I know that racecar driver Paul Tracy and actor Robin Williams are also cyclists.
What other celebrities or politicians are true (Madonna doesn't count) cyclists?
That one guy from that one showmickey-mac
Oct 25, 2003 10:56 AM
Remember the jerky character named Kirk from the Judd Hirsch show "Dear John"? I saw they guy who played him at a local bike shop buying stuff. He had shaved legs, a serious cycling tan, and appeared to be in pretty damn good shape. I didn't know his name, so I did a search on him and he's Jere Burns. According to this bio, he's done some triathlons:,_Miami/bios/Jere_Burns.html

It seems like I'd be able to do better than that living in LA.
Oct 25, 2003 11:18 AM
michael okeefe (danny noonan-caddy shack) brought his GT roadie in for some repair to the shop I used to work at. he seemed as if he were serious.
Oct 25, 2003 1:42 PM
O'Keefe was also married to Bonnie Raitt. Although Noonan is certainly a pop culture icon, O'Keefe turned in a really solid piece of acting as Robert Duvall's son in the Great Santini.
Oct 25, 2003 2:44 PM
thats pretty good off the cuff knowledge. I think he was in town with bonnie rait when I saw him, she was apparently dong some work at paisley park.
steve martin, daniel day lewis.nmcolker
Oct 25, 2003 11:56 AM
John Cameron Swayze (CBS Talk Radio) ....Jas0n
Oct 25, 2003 12:17 PM
bought a Guru Veloc'ti from my shop. Def. the cyclist with the coolest voice.
Ricky CharmichaelWCC
Oct 25, 2003 1:00 PM
im pretty sure he rides
Ricky Charmichael won an mtb race in Tallahassee last jimbo
Oct 27, 2003 9:50 AM
You can check the results at He raced beginner class. The author of Calvin and Hobbs is another cyclist.

I thought of two more while I was out...gala7516
Oct 25, 2003 1:19 PM
Jerry Seinfeld, I think that he always had a mountain bike hanging around the apartment.

The other is a comic strip author, Jef Mallett. He always has cycling references in his cartoons. Even today's cartoon has some references (check the chalk board).
I thought of two more while I was out...Birddog
Oct 25, 2003 1:28 PM
It's actually Michael Richards that is the enthusiast, and a Klein enthusiast at that. Somebody either switched frames or removed the Klein from the set, I'm not sure which, and Richards (Kramer) pitched a fit and the Klein reappeared.
The story behind Seinfeld...russw19
Oct 25, 2003 7:55 PM
Jerry doesn't ride. Michael Richards does. He played Kramer. The story of the bikes in Jerry's apartment goes like this....

When the set designers were making up the set for the pilot, Jerry had a road bike in the corner by the window. (Remember that even though Jerry never moved on the show, he had about 4 different layouts for his apartment thru the show's history.) The layout for the pilot (the only episode without Elaine as a character) only showed up once. After the pilot they decided to have a bike hanging on the wall as they thought Jerry would be the clean type of person to hang up a bike when done. (They also alphabetized the cereal boxes in his cabinets...)

OK, here's where the story get's fun... so they were originally going to hang an old beat up looking road bike, but Richards (Kramer) rides a Klein. He convinced the set designers that Jerry should have a nicer trendy bike because he was suppossed to be a fairly successful comedian on the show. Richards contacted Klein and they gave them a green Adroit to hang. It hung their for the first 5 seasons (maybe 4, I forget) and for a full season it even had the fork mounted backwards on it. Aparently, nobody noticed it.

Then the Cannondale incident.... Cannondale at this time (93 or 94, don't remember) wanted to put one of their new "Delta V" frames on the set. They made a deal with the producers to get every one a bike and pay a small fee (remember this wasn't the no.1 show yet) and they hung a blue and white Delta V 500 where the green klein was. It hung there for 4 or 5 episodes before Klein upped the ante. Cannondale gave bikes to Seinfeld (his actual bike showed up on ebay about 3 years ago, apparently never riden) Richards (the avid cyclist of the show) and the top 2 writters (one of which was a cyclist) and the producers.

From what I was told by the Cannondale rep at the shop I worked at during this time, the people on the show wanted bikes for every major cast member (Julia Louis-Dreyfus didn't want one and neither did Jason Alexander) but for all the major crew members as well. About 17 to 20 more bikes. Cannondale didn't want to give away that many bikes. They didn't think the show was worth that big of an investment (again, keep in mind this was not a top rated show yet, just a funny quirky show that NBC couldn't figure out where to put it) but on the other hand, Gary Klein thought it was worth it for him. This is back when Klein was still handbuilding all his bikes and long before Trek bought them out. Also, Richards already rode a Klein that he paid for.. so he helped push the deal to get Klein back on the set. Klein built a ton of bikes for everyone and the green Klein hung on the rack for the rest of the show's run. There were about 2 or 3 episodes where it was gone in the 7th season when they made another set change and changed Jerry's apartment, and a bunch of people wrote NBC to ask about it... the bike was next shown back down the hall a little further than it used to be... away from the bathroom towards what must have been Jerry's bedroom (which was never actually shown except in the "Master of your own domain" episode where they showed Jerry tossing and turning in bed.) The bike crept back up the hall to a more visable spot where it stayed for the rest of the show.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the bikes on Seinfeld and then some....

The story behind Seinfeld...bikechick
Oct 26, 2003 6:31 PM
I hear Jerry's been seen riding around central park on a road bike.

But I personally saw him at last year's NYC Bike Race standing right by the start/finish line. Lance adn others all spoke with him. He stayed through the finish.
The story behind Seinfeld...russw19
Oct 26, 2003 7:59 PM
Someone else in this thread posted something about him recently becomming a cyclist... he may ride now, but he didn't then. As someone else pointed out, Michael Richards was an avid cyclist when that show was on the air, and he was a Klein fan too.

or, as she was known in high school.....jody. :-) nmrufus
Oct 25, 2003 1:42 PM
Eric Claptonmerckxman
Oct 25, 2003 3:17 PM
WINNING of June 1987 says (in part), "Eric
Clapton, legendary blues guitarist whose work with the Yardbirds, John
Mayall, Cream and Blind Faith during the '60s established musical trends
still evident today, also had some pretty fast legs before his fingers took
over and made him a star. The man....was a promising amateur cyclist in his
youth and he has maintained his fondness for cycling. Now in his forties,
Clapton lives near Milan, Italy,....and is frequently seen walking through
the doors of the GRAN CICLISMO shop on Via Folli. Recently he went one step
further-to the Cinelli factory in Milan, where he picked up a made-to-order
Cinelli Super Corsa. As per his request, the factory inscribed Clapton's
bright red machine with his nickname, "Slowhand".
As long as we're tossing around ex-Cream member's names...The Walrus
Oct 25, 2003 5:16 PM
...let us not forget Ginger Baker, who was quite the maniac roadie back in the day. It was he who contributed the name "Disraeli Gears" for the second album after mis-hearing someone's shouted suggestion to shift down for a climb...
Well -toomanybikes
Oct 25, 2003 3:50 PM
Paul McCartney as well.

He sponsored a road team named for his first wife, he follows the tour, rides a road bike and hauls a road bikd and a MTB around with him when he goes on tour so that he can go for a ride.
re: Celebrity cyclists?High Gear
Oct 25, 2003 4:51 PM
One of the guys in the Wallflowers rock band is like a Cat.2 rider.
re: Celebrity cyclists?toomanybikes
Oct 25, 2003 5:13 PM
Also, don't forget all the members of Kraftwerk!
This won't mean much to many of you but Burton Cummings is a pretty avid bike collector and sometime rider as well.
re: Celebrity cyclists?toomanybikes
Oct 25, 2003 7:51 PM
Also, don't forget all the members of Kraftwerk!
This won't mean much to many of you but Burton Cummings is a pretty avid bike collector and sometime rider as well.
michael wardrufus
Oct 27, 2003 8:48 AM
formerly of school of fish and spent some time in john hiatt's touring band. good player.
re: Jo Dee Messina and Dave Hickey at shop todayteoteoteo
Oct 25, 2003 5:42 PM
RBR regular Dave Hickey stopped by the shop today and we had a nice talk even though madness was the order of the day.

Jo Dee Messina was at the shop too, saw her last night as well and she has a bigger entourage than Lance....
don't forget Tim Weisbergdesmo
Oct 25, 2003 6:24 PM
fusion flute hack was shown riding a really sweet Colnago on one of his 70's album jackets. not really a celeb but somebody already set precedence with Burton Cummings.
don't forget Tim Weisbergtoomanybikes
Oct 25, 2003 8:50 PM
Geez, Someone else as old as me!!!

Or just with a wide taste in music!
I sold a bike to John Travolta when he lived in Daytona.russw19
Oct 25, 2003 7:28 PM
And I have a funny story behind it too, but I don't feel like typing it up.

When he came in to pick it up, Kelly Preston came with him... she is ungodly hot! Has to be the best looking woman I have ever seen, and I grew up with Angie Everhart as a neighbor.

james carville?george_da_trog
Oct 25, 2003 8:53 PM
There were a couple of comericals a few months ago where James Carville (aka sperpent head) was shilling for Inphone. The comerical just had his voice and the shot of someone sitting on a bed with just legs in view. We was wearing bike socks and maybe even had shaved legs.

Does anyone know more?

Bob Weir -- roadienmbill
Oct 26, 2003 3:51 AM
actually, I recently saw a pic of Weir on a road bike, but, uponbill
Oct 27, 2003 8:55 AM
researching the issue online, it appears that he may be more of a mtbiker.
No matter. He turns pedals.
Jerry Seinfeld...Frith
Oct 26, 2003 9:48 AM
Watched Leno one night and they flashed a pic of Seinfeld on a road bike. Apperantly he is pretty new to the sport. He had Leno preface every question "As a cyclist..." so "As a cyclist, What's your new book about?". He even scolded him at one point for calling him a "biker".
Conan Obrien (nm)Ligon
Oct 26, 2003 1:03 PM
7 Mary 3 drummer Giti Khalsa...nmscary slow
Oct 27, 2003 9:05 AM