BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — You might not be able to bicycle across Alabama like former Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, but you can bid starting at $8,720 for one of the two-wheelers used on his recent fundraising ride. An online auction site is now selling bicycles and other items from Jackson's "Bo Bikes Bama" fundraiser, which coincided with the anniversary of the deadly twisters of April 27, 2011.
The five bicycles that Jackson rode during the five-day, 300-mile journey across north Alabama are the most expensive items. Each of the lightweight, carbon-framed Trek racing bikes carries a minimum winning bid of at least $8,720, the manufacturer's list price. The frame of each bicycle is a different color, and each is decorated with the names of victims of the twisters.
The Wisconsin-based bicycle manufacturer donated the bikes, each specially outfitted for Jackson's 255-pound frame. Other items are less expensive, including sports memorabilia signed by ride participants including retired baseball player Ken Griffey Jr., seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and others.
While Jackson played football and baseball at Auburn University, the sale includes a football signed by University of Alabama coach Nick Saban — the minimum bid is $105.
Each of the initial auctions lasts 10 days.
"They've already got a few bids," said Julie Ward, a spokeswoman for the fundraising effort.
Fans of Jimmy Buffet, who grew up near Mobile, can purchase four concert tickets and passes to a pre-show reception for a minimum of $1,750 or get a miniature guitar signed by Buffet for at least $750.
The auction website is located at http://bobikesbama.auctionanything.com/Home.taf .
The sale closes on May 16.
Organizers are trying to add to the ride's fundraising total, which already exceeds $503,000. Much of the money came from donors giving $200 each to ride with Jackson and other participants through areas that included communities pummeled by the storms that killed more than 250 people statewide.
Proceeds go to the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund, established after the tornadoes on April 27, 2011.
Jackson has said he hoped to raise $1 million.