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Avocet Cyclometers

On this page: Avocet Cyclometer shop display | Model 30 Cyclometer | Model 40 Cyclometer | Altimeter 50 Cyclometer | Vertech II Ski computer/timepiece

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Avocet was started in the 1970s by Bernie Hoffacker and his sons Bud and Neal. The Hoffackers were owners of the highly-regarded Northern California bicycle shop Palo Alto Bicycles. In the late 1970s they developed a prototype small cycle computer. Being in Silicon Valley they were able to find expertise to refine it into what would become the most popular cycle computer ever, the Avocet 30. Greg LeMond used one, as did whole European teams such as Panasonic. Even Ironman triathlon winner Dave Scott used an Avocet computer.

For a while, they were everywhere. Avocet says that in the 1989 and 1990 Tours de France, 80% of the riders using a cyclometer were using one made by Avocet.

Avocet expanded its offering to include tires, saddles and other accessories. The company at some point changed hands and though there is an Avocet web site, the firm appears to be dormant.

Avocet Cyclometer Shop Display. Used, $50.00

Avocet Cyclometer dusokay

There was a time when this iconic display was in every serious bicycle shop.

Avocet Model 30 Cyclometer. New, $40.00

Part# 09105

  • We have three in stock: 1 Red, 1 Black & 1 Blue. All three colors are pictured below.
  • This simple, but brilliantly designed cyclometer has three primary functions: Speed (current and average), Distance (trip and total) and time (timer & clock). They are presented to the rider in a loop sequence by pressing the right button.
  • The Avocet Model 30 cyclometer is thought to be the best selling cyclometer ever.
  • The twenty magnets in the ring give twenty calculations per wheel revolution
  • Once we sold all of the Avocet cyclometers we had in stock to a firm that was measuring water flow throughout the world
  • We have had pilots use them on their planes to determine how many revolutions the engine had since the last overhaul.

Avocet Model 30 cyclometer

Here's the black Avocet 30

Avocet model 30 cyclometer


Avocet cyclometer

And red

Avocet 40 Cyclometer. New, $50.00

Part# 09141

In stock: 1 Red/White

Avocet 40 Functions:

  • Speed: Current, average, cadence and pace arrow (a signal to let you know if you are going faster or slower than your average speed)
  • Distance: Trip distance & Total distance
  • Time: Stopwatch & Clock

Avocet model 40 cyclometers

Red/white Avocet 40

Avocet Altimeter 50 Cyclometer. New, $110.00

Part# 09141

  • We have two in stock
  • Displays current altitude within 10 feet/4 meters
  • Records trip and total climbing or descending
  • Measures 12 different performance factors for precise training
  • Posi-Click buttons and large display
  • Instant speed updates

Avicet 50 cyclometer

New, in the box.

Avicet Altimeter 50

Another view, showing the cyclometer's functions

Avocet Vertech II Ski computer/timepiece. New, $200.00

Part# 09150

You can wear this on your wrist


  • Altitude/Time: Altitude, temperature, time, date, alarm, maximum altitude, countdown timer
  • Ski function: Vertical descent (day, week), vertical rate of descent (current, maximum, average), number of runs
  • Weather function: Barometric pressure, temperature, barometric trend
  • Timing function: stopwatch, slip/lap time, slip/lap memory (20)

Avocet Vertech II


Avocet Vertech II

And the complete package