Excellent point. I never make short runs, or long runs at low speed.Part of why its too much is the alternator output. The alternator does not hit full output until 5000 rpm. Dropping the ratio too far, combined with short shifting, means less generated electricity. That may work for folks with long runs or limited stops/turns on their route but enough folks short shift and are having issues with their batteries because of it as it is.
So I slow down a little bit... So? Why you in such a hurry? I live in a generally flat area so it doesn't affect me much. If you know the route, you get a little speed up for inertia before hitting the hill. I don't play in traffic much, nor do I see speed limits as a necessary goal I must maintain. So I get where I'm going 2 minutes later, so what? Wanna race me to the red light, too?Personally I got tired of having to downshift to 4th gear every time I hit a slight incline with the 14/30 setup.