One of my favorite features on the Abici (commonly known as Kermit Allegra) is the coaster brake. It makes bike riding feel even more carefree and effortless. That said, they took a bit of getting used to. At first I would slow using the coaster brake, and then use the handbrake to make sure I could stop with the pedals in the correct position to start up again.
Now, I almost never use the handbrake unless I need additional stopping power. Instead, when coming to a stop I nearly always brake by shifting most of my weight to my left leg, with the left pedal at an approximately 45-degree angle from the chain stay.
That leaves my right foot free to float off the pedal and down to the ground as I come to a stop. The right pedal is up and ready for me to push off when it’s time to start up again.
If I know I need to make a quick start when the light turns, I will go ahead and put my right foot on the pedal and move my left foot to the ground, applying the handbrake to keep them in the correct position.
How do you use your coaster brake?