Speaking only for myself, I wouldn't call it resistance. I cant recall when we've run into a problem with people who cant keep up. Worst case, the ride split into faster and slower groups for those who had their different comfort levels.
Of course I cant speak for recent rides as due to business I haven't been able to participate in as many as I'd like to have.
As its been said- Join us for coffee. You'll find overall a good natured bunch of people.
I have run into the situation in both motorcyling and bicycling meetups. For example:
1. Someone brought a 125 cc Honda scooter to a ride that was to take us from Crystal Lake, IL, to the area around Prairie De Chien. They didn't realize the distances and speeds involved when they signed up. I had to change the route, on the fly, so they could go along.
2. We had a 75+ mile bicycle ride planned through the steep hills around New Glarus. Some guy brought a 45 lb, full suspension, mountain bike. That's not going to keep up with a peloton of 16 lb carbon fiber racing bikes averaging 22 mph.
So what do you say? "You can't ride with us"? You let them learn by falling further and further behind and my enjoyment as the ride leader is curtailed because I am personally shepherding them all day through the ride.
The same goes for riders who think regular maintenance is nothing but a concept. Here I spend my day helping riders continue the ride by fixing things that should have been caught before the ride. In the bicycle world I have learned to casually test the air pressure in everybody's tire before we ride else I spend an hour or so fixing flats. You could ask, "Why in the Hell are you fixing other riders problems on your organized rides?" The truth is, that's the way I am. I never leave someone behind.
I want to limit this as much as possible with this meetup group. Here on the Sport-Touring.net you are all accomplished riders with a keen understanding of the requirments to go on a group ride with others just like youselves. Unfortunately, in cyberspace, when you open an event up to *anybody* you don't have that dynamic. You can make light of my silly stated requirement but keep in mind that it is through many years of leading group rides that this was developed.
Yes, I will join you all for coffee becuase you all sound like really interesting people. I like to be around interesting people. I might even fit in.
If I can keep up.