I ride a Fuji Absolute 3.0 that sells for $399 at Performance. I have added tires, rack, bell, lights, panniers, and saddle (leather). Everything else is factory. In eight months, I have not had to have wheels adjusted or anything else done to the Fuji beyond cable adjustment around 200 miles. I weigh 250 pounds and ride about 27 miles twice a week. So far, my cheap bike has been good to me. I see no need to buy a $1500 bicycle. I park my bike(s) in my office next to my desk. If it is loss, I will likely buy something around the same value.