Here's what I've learned about DF riders who make snippy remarks about my 'bent. They are normally just looking to start a conversation. They are usually just kidding. If you can have a sense of humor too, you'll have a much better time. That doesn't mean they don't think your bike is for dorks, but that doesn't mean you can't be friends. On my commute, it's a rare day that I'm not cheered by several motorists as if I were on a flower-cover float, throwing out gummy bears. Cars stop and tell me I've got the coolest bike they've ever seen. (Happened twice yesterday, once already today.) Most upright riders act the same way. It's only a very few fancy boys who won't be glad to make the acquaintance of a 'bent rider. I mean, you're still riding a bike, and that's a bond, especially in traffic. Nearly all my bike friends ride uprights. They continually razz me about my 'bent. Only one of them can drop me, but he's on a raceready Lemond, and I'm on a Rocket with fenders. He's got 2x my miles, but believe you me, he's next on the list. This is all in good fun. Forget the occasional wanker, but put it in your rear view mirror, if you can.