How to unwrap a curved pipe?

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I use maya. I'm curious about what the best practice is for unwrapping cylindrical objects with a curve in them. I have been told I should gridify everything non organic. But I notice when I do this on a cylindrical curve I get distortion in the map. Below are some examples of options I have tried (with maya's distortion coloring turned on):

Straightened Grid 
Natural Unfold
Gridify and then unfold along one direction

I am also not sure if I should leave the curved section attached to the rest of the uvs, which would look something like this: 

Basically I am just looking for a best practice I can use as a rule of thumb across all similar hard surface cylindrical forms. 



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