I am new to this forum so please excuse me. I intend to offend no one out there.
I am a 32 year old mountain biker. I have been riding bikes all of my life. I ride as best I can estimate 2000+ miles a year. I don't have one of those speedometers because I broke my last $100 one and did not feel the need to replace it. I have always been rather partial to Gary Fisher's bikes because I always envied the kids that had them at the local bmx track. I recently purchased a new bike just a cheapo single speed for the purpose of commuting to work. I am tired of buying tires for my mountain bike as well. I am not a green person just one that likes bikes. I have since put several hundreds of miles on it. I now find myself trying to find different ways to work to avoid seeing the trendy kids on their expensive fixed gear bikes. I am slightly annoyed by them when they coast up to me at a red light and stare at me like I am out of place. I am wearing shorts and a t shirt and I don't have a $200 messenger bag on. I can't wear the tight little sister pants because they caused such irritation I was having great difficulty walking for a week or so. I tried. A 6'2" 220 pound man should not try to wear his wife pants even if they are maternity pants. I want to continue my life as a bike enthusiast without having to feel like I fit in. I don't want to ever put those tight pants on again. I just want to use my single speed with brakes on it to ride for enjoyment. To keep my resting pulse rate at 38. To make me feel good about being on a bike. I don't want to slow ride it to a bar to get trashed on PBR. That beer was not good when I was in college and I don't think I'll like it now. I bought a sticker that says "my other bike is a mountain bike". To Keep me happy. I will continue to enjoy my mountain biking with the ones who do accept me for me and just endure my rides to work with the unease of possibly seeing you. I happen to like my el cheapo.