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Old 09-27-2012, 10:59 PM   #105 (permalink)
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But, but BUT!

I completely agree that coasting > regen.

But sometimes friction braking is unavoidable (something unexpected/unpredictable happens). And sometimes it's more pro-social to not hold up a line of cars by coasting several blocks from 30 mph to 0 mph at the next stop sign just to get in a perfect coast.

Also: steep hills.

Times like those, when I use the brakes, I really wish I had regen. (Mostly I choose a route that lets me maximize coasting opportunities without pissing off other drivers though.)

Do you have 14 inch wheels? Bridgestone Potenza RE92's (the gen 1 Insight tire - still available) are hard to beat for low RR:
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