I'm thinking of 1st gear (for manual transmission car) as equal to the Smallest Chainring (for mountain bikes).
I have drive a mountain bike, and while in flat/straight road, I don't switch my chainring to the smallest one at all... ONLY when I'm in UPHILL.
I'm usually in 2nd-4th Chainring all the time in flat/straight surface.
Now for manual transmission car, in a flat/straight surface (not uphill):
Can I switch to 2nd gear all the time?
- Let's say I'm approaching in an intersection (while I'm in gear 2) and I need to stop completely,
Now I'm in an intersection, so I'll make a complete stop.
let's say I only need a complete stop for 15 seconds, so I switch my gear to neutral and wait for the GO signal.
Now, the GO signal turns on,
...If I came from a complete stop, is it A MUST to switch from neutral to 1st gear before switching to 2nd gear (instead of neutral to 2nd gear and skip 1st gear) if I want to accelerate again?
I'm thinking that... for manual transmission, gear 1 is only for uphill.
If I can accelerate in a Mountain bike from complete stop to 2nd chainring (second one after the smallest), then why not with manual transmission (neutral to 2nd gear)?