(OK, I can't believe I'm admitting this fear, but...) Last summer I wanted to go on a bike ride to raise money for charity that a friend organized....I chickened out because I was afraid others would make fun of my bike. Too many people think all cyclists look like Lance Armstrong, and ride 5,000 dollar racing bikes. Well, I'm a middleaged woman with three bikes--all of which are 3 speeds that are anywhere from 25 to 30 years old. I prefer 3 speeds, I have never ridden anything else as an adult, and I am sentimentally attached to them because I grew up with them. Will other riders make fun of my bike? Is this a silly question? I shouldn't care what others think but for some reason I feel insecure about this. I REALLY want to do a ride this summer or next, I just need to know if the type of bike matters.