I feel like a tool for posting on my own thread, but here is the email.
Very interesting thread... Kestrel Bicycles indeed took its name from
the falcon, American Kestrel, which is a frequently seen inhabitant of
our Nor-Cal/Central Coast area in the fall and winter months. It seemed
to fit the company and its products well - small, light, agile, quick,
sleek, aggressive. I can't say that at the time anyone here knew about
that particular "historical" name you reference - but it does seem
rather fitting to our aero bike designs over the years, doesn't it!
Of course, we can't really make use of that name, but our engr. dept.
may have found a new code name for our next aerobike project...
And btw, I don't think youcanhavetoomanybikes.
Product & Marketing Director
5300 Soquel Ave., Suite 101
Santa Cruz, CA 95062