You'll find many good points to consider in this thoughtful Dutch video. Is your ride to work a mad dash? Is your weekend riding group relaxed or driven? Hopefully, if you flat or break down you are offered help. But if you linger for a moment to smell the roses are you quickly left behind? Sure, speed is fun but racing bikes have terrible ergonomics. I've yet to see a runner, swimmer or hiker bend over double for hours at a time. We might justify weird postures on a bike to win a race but why practice acrobatic contortions in public in the name of exercise?
I started this blog back in 2008 after an eye-opening bike tour of Holland. The Dutch cycling model changed the whole society in a few years and certainly could work here. If you want to see bikes become a part of American life, take note.