Ya know what? Ride your bike. Just ride your bike. If you're doing this for any other reason than for YOURSELF, you're doing it for the WRONG reason. Who cares what anybody else rides or what they wear or how far and fast they go and WHY should it matter to you what they think of you? A $500 bike can be every bit as valuable as a $5,000 bike in the hands of someone who loves this sport/ hobby but could never afford to drop 5K on a ride. It's all relative. So... Just go ride your bike. Oh, and don't forget the pie.
Ride for self satisfaction, not for the 'dig me' factor. Don't judge that guy or gal on the 'retro' looking bike because he (or she) doesn't have all of the chatchka or new bike bling festooned all over; chances are that person might just use their bike skills to thoroughly school you to new and unimaginable heights!
IT ISN'T ABOUT THE BIKE: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RIDER.
Some basic rules of cycling.
We are all posers
We are all Freds
You are a stronger rider than someone else
There others stronger than you
The number one computer age rule is the keyboard add at least 2mph to everyones speed
One rule that will never change is no matter what it should be fun! How you interperate fun is your choice.You couldn't pay me to ride A hybrid, recumbent, folding bike and trike. Yes they serve a pupose but not for me, I just don't like the looks of them. I don't have to explain myself either same as OP should not have to. If you want to plod along and take pictures great, smile away. If you want to push so hard you can't smile, great, smile afterwards just don't put down others.
Best thing about cycling is when I'm at work I'm thinking of cycling, when I'm cycling I'm thinking about cycling.
OK, everyone....I've been reviewing this thread, and it's kind of contentious for the C&A forum, all around. We all ride for our own reasons, and none is better or worse than the others. I'll be closing this one, though.
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant