Re: Why is derailleur default set to high gear?
Bike shops do this to set the proper tension on the cable for shifting. Some bike mechanics are nice and while the bike is still in the stand they will shift to a lower gear for just that purpose. This way when a customer gets on for a test ride they don't have to fumble with trying to find a proper gear.
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