Happy Good Friday everyone,
So I was out with a 'veteran' riding buddy a few days ago and they mentioned that when slowing down, and thus downshifting, that they never actually downshift to first gear. They always just pull in the clutch and shift down as they stop.
I told him this was a little dodgy but he went on to explain how it was a better way of doing things.
1/ Its more of a blip to get from 2nd to 1st and thus doesn't help with blipping through the other gears
2/ something about too much back pressure?
He told me he always tells people to just keep it in 2nd until they come to a stop, then shift to 1st as you start moving again.
My main argument would be that in congested, city traffic, the low speeds I can maintain in 1st are more valuable. I like downshifting before stopping, not just coasting from say 15-20km/h to a full stop.
Is this 2nd gear thing common practise? Are there any benefits one over the other? If it's convincing enough maybe I'll start doing it myself