Re: Avocet computers, was Re: [Classicrendezvous] Avocet components?

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From: "Giani Bongiorno" <>
Subject: Re: Avocet computers, was Re: [Classicrendezvous] Avocet components?
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 11:43:39 PDT

I have stopped selling avocet computers in my shop because of all the problems. Yes they will waranty them but I don't have time for that. I have sent 25 computers back in the last two years. If people want a computer that is easy to set up and reliable I recomend the cateye cordless( I have had one failure out of the 100+ I have sold in the last two years). Thanks for letting me voice my opinion...GIAN...

>From: gregparker1 <>
>To: Harvey M Sachs <>
>CC: gregparker1 <>,,
>Subject: Avocet computers, was Re: [Classicrendezvous] Avocet components?
>Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 14:00:18 -0400
>I would add the I've got six or seven bikes set up with various Avocet
> computers going back twenty years or so, and have only experienced
>one failure: a model 50 which Avocet replaced n/c.
>Not familiar enough with the other products besides perhaps the saddles
> to comment further...
>Greg Parker
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>From: Harvey M Sachs,
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>Date: 9/30/00 7:27 AM
>RE: Avocet computers, was Re: [Classicrendezvous] Avocet components?
>At 07:50 PM 9/29/2000 -0400, wrote:
> ><snip>
> > The Avocet Computer. They would constantly fail, I exchanged
> >many, many times. Ultimately, the solution was to put a small wad of
> >tissue between the battery and its cover, this seemed to extend the life
> >the things. <snip>
>A counterpoint on this issues:
>1) I believe that the Avocet was the first on the market, at a time when
>its design and "form factor" (shape, size) were quite aggressive in terms
>of what could be built as a consumer product. The sender magnet on the
>wheel potentially gives very high resolution, an is pretty nice.
>2) I had far more problems with the vaunted "Cat-Eye Solar" and its ilk a
>few years later.
>3) This leads me to thank members of the list who gave or sold me their
>old Avocets last Spring. I've got about 7 - 9 bikes set up with them, and
>am getting good service. Yes, the weak point was the battery clamp and
>cover on the Model 20 - I've got one with an electrical tape cover. But
>the old Model 20 looks good on bikes from the 70s, is the closest to
>authentic, and still works just fine.
>4) Thanks to Sheldon Brown for posting the setting instructions for so
>many of these things, not just Avocets.
>Harvey Sachs
>McLean Virginia
>(psychologically outside the Beltway but geographically inside)