Upstate NY is a very strange place. Very strange.
I currently live in Albany, which is a serious college city. Four colleges, a law school, and medical school within 22 square miles. I ride everywhere because parking is a bear, and I'm constantly struggling to find places to hitch my bike safely because there isn't much cycling infrastructure around here... But I digress.
The real issue amazingly is other college age people. With a few exceptions everyone seems to think my riding around is very strange. Expounding on the benefits of cycling here is sort of pointless, but really. My whole city is less than ten miles long. Almost everything I need to do besides work(which is 22 miles away) is within that little patch of land. Almost everyone I go to school with is the same way, but despite this they drive or take the bus for everything and look down on the lowly cyclist. Older people are fairly friendly to me, but college kids in cars will give me the finger and yell things at me for no reason in the middle of the afternoon.
The worst is women. I was going to meet a girl from one of my classes at her place across town to watch a movie, and when I got there I asked if she'd prefer if I hitched my bike to her porch, or if I could put it in the entryway(which was sizable and tiled, and my bike was clean). Her whole mood changed RIGHT THEN, and there was no second date. That wasn't the first time this has happened. I don't get it.
People are dumb, and I needed to rant. I'm assuming this happens to other people too, so share away...
^My most non-fixie Chariot of Fire.