While walking home with the bike, I noticed that the odometer wasn’t matching up with reality. This generally means the front-wheel magnet sensor got whacked out of line and, given that I’d just laid the bike down on that side, that’s what I expected to fix.
As it turned out, the failure meant it was time for the more-or-less annual contact cleaning. The three tiny contact balls on the bottom of the Cateye Astrale tend to collect enough dirt over the course of a few thousand miles to become intermittent. The balls lead to the wheel and pedal sensors, with a single common wire.
You can see that they’re not shiny little factory-fresh bumps. Here’s a detail of the upper-right one on the base to the right. Even through the horrors of a tight crop from a hand-held shot, you can see the problem.
No big deal, just wipe ’em off and apply a bit of DeoxIT to make ’em happy again for another year.