Avocet holds the "vaporware" record for the bike business with that computer--they advertised the original one for two solid years before it actually existed.
<firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2002 1:45 PM Subject: Re: [CR]Avocet Question + history lesson?
> 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
> 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)
> HubBub Custom Bicycles
> 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, email@example.com
> > Sometimes it just pays to be a plastic bicycle.