Well after wanting a new bike I finally got my aggressor today and am very excited to ride it for the first time. Figures today we finally get rain after a month but its okay we need it and I will head out tomorrow. But I have some questions that I hope I can get some help on. The bike shop I got it at were great about answering my questions but of course I forgot to ask certain ones when I was there. So I have some and please forget my newbie terms as I am still learning more and more about mountain biking.
The first is about shifting. When I look at the shifters I see two "paddles" on each shifter. Now I think he told me that I have to click the bottom one first and then click the top one ( thats where I can see the number for the gear ) to actual change the gear? Is this true? does the bottom "paddle" kind of act like letting the clutch out on a car? but in bike terms remove tension from the chain? I have read about cross chaining and see some videos on you tube about avoiding it? would this cause damage to the chain if done too many times?
Also should I be shifting to a lower gear when coming to a stop? I know that if you have to stop suddenly you stop but, if you know a stop is coming up to downshift to a lower gear.
I also feel the rear tire kind of feels like its has a small amount of friction on it, barely noticeable but would this be caused by having brand new brake pads? like I was saying its barely noticeable.
Any help would be great, looks like a cool place around here
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