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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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Default Clutch Engaged or Neutral at Traffic Light?

Here is an age old question....
Do you always shift to Neutral at a traffic light or do you wait with the clutch pulled?

I'm about 50/50 but it seems there are 2 schools of thought.
1.) Keeping the clutch pulled is harder on the cable due to the constant strain.
2.) Shifting to neutral requires 2 clutch pulls leading to more wear to the cable.

What do you do???

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There is also a safety issue at hand here.

You SHOULD stay in 1st gear with clutch in. The idea being that you are better prepared to get out of the way if some moron in a cage is about to plow into you because they are playing on their phone.

That said- my clutch is a motherfu*&er so I compromise by being at the ready until I have a stopped car behind me, or it's obvious that they will be stopping. I will then usually go to neutral and relax a moment. Also- position yourself to book it in between cars, or whatever clear lane you have in case of the worst happening.

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Unless itís a very long light, I stay in gear, foot on the brake, ready to go.
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I also agree, I stay in gear and ready to move.
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I always put it in neutral with the clutch out. I had a friend who chastised me until he thought someone wasn't slowing down quick enough behind him so he pulled out into oncoming cross traffic and it nearly killed him.
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I find I more or less tend to do like Judge Redd but I was thinking about this and having owned several sport cars I know it was always hard on the throwout bearing to keep the clutch engaged at a long light so I got in the habit of going to neutral after the car behind me stopped. I found myself doing similar on my bikes and the other day it got me to thinking about the whole situation so I thought I would get the opinions here since Clutch cables are a known issue.

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I'm no scientist but I see the wearing of cable to be more by motion of it rubbing against the sleeve and whatever else than simply by holding tension.

Always in gear with clutch held other than occasionally giving hand a break at long lights since I do commute in city traffic.
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you do put more heat into the throwout bearing. That will cost more then a cable. If you have a good cable your not putting strain on it.
Lube the cable ends is the key
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There is also a safety issue at hand here.

You SHOULD stay in 1st gear with clutch in. The idea being that you are better prepared to get out of the way if some moron in a cage is about to plow into you because they are playing on their phone...
^This.

The wear and cost of an occasional cable is far outweighed by the safety factor.

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Typically I'm a neutral person. If I'm first in line more apt to leave in gear. Some jack ass is playing on phone coming to light, chances are you aint gonna see it until they ass pack cars behind had and you hear glass smashing.

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