I've read a ton of bad snotty attitudes from recumbent riders so I'm liking it even less to be in the same company. But I'm cheap and looking for something under $1000.00 so in many recumbent groups, I shouldn't have an opinion. I think too many people think owning a recumbent is some sort of elite social circle. :
There's lot of good natured kidding back and forth, but most (but not all) of the snotty attitudes I've heard have come from the upright fraternity, especially the "young charger racer types!"
I disagree that some bike racing organization should allow bents - maybe - but I'd bet you that 95% of bikers nave never heard of any racing organizations, and couldn't care less about racing. All they want to do is get out there on nice evenings and pedal around....
Good luck with your $75.00 bike, though. Everyone will agree you get what you pay for! No wonder you want to give up biking! What many have said earlier and I'll echo, is some good entry level bents that could be mass produced and advertised a bit. One of the biggest complaint I hear is "where do you get one of those?" (no LBS around here has them) and "they are more expensive than my department store bike!" (partly because of low volume sales)