Maybe a few zealous riders might be insulting if one mentions the word Schwinn or Huffy gets the job done,but I haven't seen it yet. I belong to a couple of guitar forums,and there is no worse snobbery than musicians.I guess as one gets out and rides that is what matters to us "Clydes".
A while back I remember reading a bike mag and the reporter was doing a story on department store bikes. This certain bike was a Murray street bike,hybrid 10 speed. Funny,because at the time I had that excact bike! He reported how the bike had inadqaqute steering,the brakes wasn't fast enough,the salesman didn't know the product,etc. The trouble was the reporter was used to riding $1500 + bikes and was comparing his to a $89 bike.
I remember the bike company CEO wrote in the magazine and defended his product.His point was dead on,that the bike wasn't meant for racing,or going downhill at 30mph or stopping on a dime.Rather the bike was meant to go from point A to point B and back to point A again.I couldn't agree more.
So,if you see a cyclist out there on a Wal-Mart bike or similar store brand,applaud him/her and remember that we all been there before.