Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Catching his breath alongside a road near Seattle, WA USA
Bikes: 1999 K2 OzM, 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte
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Which FlightDeck model do you have? SC-6500 or SC-6501? The SC-6501 needs to be woken up if it has gone to sleep. There IS an auto-start/stop feature but still the computer needs to be woken up first.
I'm assuming you have the 6501 since you say you keep forgetting to turn it on. The 6500 automatically comes on when the wheel sensor detects movement. The change was done because people were complaining that the 6500 kept draining the batteries. I felt it was a retrograde "enhancement" to have to manually turn on the computer after it power-saves... kinda defeats the purpose of auto-start, IMHO.
With both units, you activate/deactivate the auto-start by going to the trip-distance group (as opposed to the stopwatch group) and hitting the start/stop button. Once activated, you don't need to do anything... just ride.... unless of course you force a reset. Resetting the trip-distance group will automatically deactivate the auto-start feature and you need to enable it again with the start/stop button. If the auto-start feature is activated, even if you come back from power-save, the computer will start logging and responding to wheel motion immediately.
I usually restart the auto-start feature after resets by habit whether or not I'll immediately be riding. This way, I don't have to worry about it. You will know that the auto-start feature is active if the mile/km indicator is flashing (regardless of your movement).
If you want it from the horse's mouth, see page 10 of the instructions manual