I bought the Mercier Galaxy from Bikes Direct; the web site says that it comes with Shimano 8-speed STI shifters. (Is STI the model name or simply some generic term for the type of shifters?)
On the shifters they say Shimano Sora Flight Deck. They don't have a visual indicator to tell you what gear you're in.
My other bike, a Trek, which also has Shimano Sora shifters, but they have a visual indicator. With those shifters, pushing the brake lever sideways shifts to larger gears, closer to the spokes, and pushing the little thumb lever shifts to the smaller gears, away from the spokes.
But with the Mercier Galaxy it's the opposite; the thumb lever shifts to larger gears and the brake lever shifts to smaller gears. Has anyone else seen this; is this normal?