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Actor Patrick Dempsey Rides the Roll 8 Rare. Bid on McDreamy's Bike to Raise Money for Cancer Patients

  December 10, 2012

Actor Patrick Dempsey, aka “McDreamy” from the hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy, is featured on the cover of the new issue of Bicycling with a customized belt drive Roll 8 Rare from Globe.

Dempsey is an avid cyclist who rides with his wife and is training for a century. He talks about his love of the sport in a Q&A on page 61 of the January/February issue. Bicycling also wrote up a nice review of the Roll 8 Rare, which the magazine calls stylish, fun and practical.

But this story is about more than a famous actor and his new bike. Dempsey has partnered with Bicycling and Globe to raise money for the Dempsey Center, a facility in central Maine dedicated to individuals and families impacted by cancer. A second Roll 8 Rare, with the same custom spec that is on Dempsey’s, will be auctioned off. Online bidding has begun, and an executive from Gates Corporation has already kicked things off with an offer.

The stock Roll 8 Rare features nickel-plated Reynolds steel, Gates Carbon Drive, an eight-speed internally geared hub, a versatile front rack and swept-back handlebars. The customized version, pictured below, features multiple upgrades that in total make this bike a dream commuter. Upgrades incluce: Roval CLX40 aerodyanmic carbon-fiber rims, S-Works carbon-fiber crank arms and S-Works carbon-fiber seatpost.

To bid on the bike, and help raise money for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, click here. The auction closes December 30. Let the bidding begin.