How long have you been riding, Andreas? It takes a little while to get the feel. But every bike I have ever ridden tends to skip neutral sometimes. Oil can make a difference, flash is right.
False neutrals can happen between shifts, too. There are some good diagrams of how the gearing works if you search for them.
Basically, you don't have to push up hard to get to neutral from first. Chances are you are pushing up too hard and thereby skipping neutral...same for going back down. That's what I mean by feel. For instance, I have trouble if I am wearing sneakers (I usually wear boots) because it feels different. The pressure applied is therefore different.
If your bike is in good condition, I would assume this is just normal...gears on bikes work differently than on cars. Comes with the territory.
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Last edited by Lockjaw; 01-03-2009 at 04:55 PM.