Firstly, thanks for reading this somewhat rambling post.
First: I put my bell cycle speedo on the bike this morning to see how fast I was going. That worked just fine. 16-17 on downhills and down to around 5 mph uphill into wind. This on my second ever five miler. Question: Am I just plain dumb or is this infernal machine (bell computer) insanely hard to use? Nothing intuitive about it to me. Manual is gibberish etc. So is there something better out there without spending a mortgage payment to obtain one? Maybe a cast off older model of something on ebay or Craigs?
Second: Okay day 2 of five miles put a strain on my nether regions. I rode for 14 straight days at 3 miles before attempting 5 miles with no discernible chaffing or pain. Two days into 5 miles per day and I'm chaffing. Liberal use of talc may help but is this just a phase or must I go out and buy something else to wrap my butt cheeks in? The thought of a $60 pair of spandex shorts is a little daunting to this old retired geek.
Third: What can I expect to pay for a Derailer tune up? My cable may have stretched or something is out of wack. This just began yesterday....my chain slips for half a turn or so when Im in top gear using the middle crank gear on the three gear crankset. "Cndale F400" stock (I think).
Anyway, nuther nice morning ride in the nineties and when I got home it was sweat city. Thanks in advance for any help. Best, Chas