Let's just say that I been bashed a few times on group rides. Last week was bad, they said I will be left behind on my bike.
I bought my bike earlier this year and I'm still new to cycling. I'm no pro and I'm not trying to be one, I'm just enjoying the sport. For each ride I have done (30-50 miles), I was always able to keep up and always came up in the middle of the group. I'm not even in cycling gear so I did stick out.
Don't get me wrong a road bike is great but for me, I love being able to do trails too.
I don't know what the big deal is, it seems that some (not all) cyclists are judging fellow riders by their bike.