Ok. So I have a hardtail with V-brakes. Nothing fancy, it's an economic Schwinn Mountain Bike. I wanna know if I'm doing the correct thing when going downhill, whether on the road or in the dirt. You see, when going downhill, I apply my brakes a lot, I don't like gaining a lot of speed, it sort of scares me, safety first for me. My rims get painted black from friction with the brake pads. I wonder if this is how I'm supposed to do it, for safety purposes. Will my brake pads wear out quicker than normal for doing this ?
Just wanna know how other people do it. Thanks.