Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
No experience with the clutch release lever, so I can't addresss that.
Shifting without clutching is not difficult. Just anticipate the rpm the next gear (up or down) would be at for the current mph and then shift. In other words, add rpm on a downshift and reduce on an upshift. A brisk, hard shift is better than a slow tentative one. This can obviously be challenging in stop and go rush hour traffic.,,,,,,,,
I don't know if it would be damamging or not to ride with the clutch release lever loose, but my guess is it probably wouldn't.
And welcome to the forum.