I know they're not, but it seems like I'm always working on them. In fact, I need two bikes because it seems like one is always down for repairs. I've been thinking of getting a third but then that would be just one more thing to take care of.
I own a Trek 820 mtb that cost me around $275 and a Raleigh Passage that cost $400. I ride an average of 14 miles/day - 4 on pavement and 10 on gravel. From what I remember in the last 2 years I've had a broken axel, several sets a wheel bearings, cables, a new brake, an upgrade from freewheel to freehub, and recently I retorqued the spokes on the rear wheel - just on the Trek. That does not include daily maintenance like chain cleaning/lube, brake adjustment, etc.
I've had the Raleigh for a year and I just found a broken spoke on it this morning. Other than that it's been pretty much free from breakdowns. I've only done daily maintenance and tire changes on it. I feel like I'm pretty good to my bikes. Except once the Trek got completely submerged in water for a very short time.
Its nice that I'm learning to work on bikes, but it seems like I do an awful lot of that. I have one question; If I get something expensive like a Hurly Long Haul Trucker or a Trek 520 would there be a noticeable difference in quality?