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Avocet Cranksets

Avocet Cranksets on this page: Avocet 170mm racing crankset

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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 saddle bag

Early Avocet saddles came with one of these bags.

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

Avocet 170mm Racing Crankset with 42/52 chainrings, dustcaps & crank bolts. Used, $125.00/as pictured

Chainring nuts are serrated to stay in place.

Avocet racing crankset

In lovely condition

Avocet racing crankset

Close-up of the right arm and rings

Avocet racing crankset

Here's the back of the right crank.

Left Avocet crankarm

Here's the left Avocet crankarm

Avocet left crank arm

The back of the left arm with its specs stamped on it.

Avocet serrated chainring nut

Here's one of the cranksets serrated chainring nuts. The serrated chainring nuts stay in place when tightening or loosening them..