Here is what I remember and know.
Avocet started out with their model 25 computer back in the mid-80's. We went to a special showing of this "revolutionary" computer at a hotel in New York during the NY Bike show (held at the old Convention Center in February)
They then came out with their saddles and have been "adding on" since.
The company was head quartered above the Palo Also bike Shop in California and has seen ups and downs continually.
I think they were actually connected to Palo Alto at the beginning.
Hope this shed a little light on them.
And, may I ask why the interest? (Just a curiosity question)
Diane HubBub Custom Bicycles http://www.hubbub.com
At 11:40 AM 1/26/02 -0500, Christopher Oliver wrote:
> > Can anyone fill me in as to who is behind the company, who designed and
> > then made their stuff, and when and where they started.
> I ran across an ancient Palo Alto catalog when organizing my junk,
>and this was in my mind. I recall Jobst saying something about Palo
>doing domestic tire manufacture when European sew-ups were not being
>reliably imported. Soooo.... Jobst Brandt, Palo Alto Bicycles, and
>Avocet: what's the connection?
>Awaiting another lesson in left coast bicycle history,
>Christopher Oliver, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sometimes it just pays to be a plastic bicycle.