Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Visalia, Ca (Soon to be Eugene, Or)
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Questions about my new mountain bike
Hello everyone. I just purchased a new mountain bike. I haven't really ridden in 3-4 years. Back then I had a Giant Boulder SE. Anyways, I just bought a Scott Aspect 45 from the local shop. It's a 24 speed.
I had a couple questions. I took it out today for a quick ride. Really just took it on the road.
Call me stupid, but I'm confused on shifting. It's having a difficult time popping from the 2nd to the 3rd front gear. I have it in the 8th gear on the rear sprocket and it has a really difficult time shifting. Am I doing something completely wrong? Am I suppose to shift all the way down to the first gear on the back sprocket and then shift and go all the way through? Someone give me a basic rundown on how all the gears and shifting works. I swear, I rode my old bike and had 0 problems. Is there a technique I need to learn?
Also, when I can get it to the 3rd (largest) sprocket on the front, there's a ticking noise like it's still trying to shift. But it only ticks when my right foot starts to go down towards the ground. They said something about ticking being normal for a while, but is this normal?
I am going back in to the shop in a couple weeks (in a different town) so they can put on a stem to raise the bars and for a maintenance so I'll have them help me, but I figured I'd post on here and see if I could get any help. Otherwise, I am more than happy with my purchase. It's a great bike.