I have trouble understanding the negativism of non mountain-bikers towards mountain bikers. I speak from personal experience. I ride my mountain-bike often, nearly everyday, and each time I pass non-mountain-bikers or see them on the other side of the road I feel nothing but cool vibes. I even had cool remarks from a group of riders, something to the tune of "you ride because you want to see or been seen by women", I rode with them for a minute or two and another said "It's nice to be young, eh?" in an effort to belittle me. In the end it was fine since I joked back, but I still don't understand the big deal. There was another case a couple years ago when I joined cycling club. At the time I joined I didn't know it virtually consisted of all non-mountain-bikers. It was the same type of problem, negative remarks. "Mountain bikes, have too much drag and you'll never keep up with us!", yeah no-shit buddie, by the way I did keep up with them. Some people were more constructive, "You look strong, too bad you have a mountain bike.", or complimentary "If only you had a road bike, we would be in trouble." I was in the club for, you guessed it, one day! I have my reasons for riding a mountain-bike, the main reason is I cannot afford a new, high quality road bike. I would have one if I could! I must admit, I love the look on the face of a road cyclist when I blow by, and it's even better when I look back while he's trying to keep up with me. Tell me, why the negativism? Spare me the nasty remarks. Can't we all get along?