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Flight Deck 6501 question(5 posts)

Flight Deck 6501 questionMarcy S
Jun 27, 2001 1:49 PM
I had problems with the older FD 6500 model, so my bike store swapped it for the newer 6501 model. Instead of replacing all of the parts (the bracket) and the wire (just one for cadence since it is wireless), I have to manually hit the button on the underneath side of the odometer itself, which then flashes a 'no. 1' on the screen and then goes to the Gear Ratio screen, or something like that before I am able to start the odometer each time. I used to be able to start my odometer by hitting the small left button on the hood when I'm in the 'TIM' screen, but that doesn't work anymore. When I try to start it from the button on the hood, nothing happens.

Does anyone else have this problem? Does it matter that I am still using the older models bracket and wire?


re: Flight Deck 6501 questionJofa
Jun 27, 2001 5:48 PM
The consensus so far seems to be that exactly what you describe is standard; apparently the bit about waking it up from sleep with one of the underneath buttons is in the manual somewhere. I agree with you that all this seems a bit retrograde... and it's still entirely feasable to accidently turn the thing off when you're riding.
Sadly, that's how it works...DrD
Jun 29, 2001 5:10 AM
Sounds like all is working as it should - the 6501 is really designed to work with the wireless stuff (though it will work with all of the harnesses) - it has a powersave mode which it goes into after 30min of inactivity - the only way to wake it up is by pressing one of the two buttons on the underside of the display head.

The left button is used to turn the recording function of the computer on or off (when you are in the mode with the clock in it, and are on anything except for the clock or the stopwatch, and press the left button, it turns on (the mph or kph indicator starts flashing - and the computer then records distance, min speed, max speed, average, etc...)

Unfortunately, Shimano only seems to include manuals with the wiring harness, rather than the display head - so to get the manual for the 6501, you need to buy the wireless harness (too bad Shimano doesn't have downloadable pdf's on their website!)
Thank you...Marcy S
Jun 29, 2001 2:34 PM
Thanks for your responses.
I am glad to know that my odometer is working correctly.... well, as far as Shimano is concerned! :)
Flight Deck Instructionsgearhead
Jul 2, 2001 9:27 PM
Hi: While we're still on the topic, does anyone know where there are some online instructions for the 6500 model? I bought a used bike but it came with none. Worked fine until I changed cassettes.