hah we take all kinds of bikes.
Similar to null, my "first real" bike is my 1998 Gary Fisher - which is still awesome, works well, and the shocks despite NEVER having service work flawlessly.
Then, in like 2016 or so, I got a Kona Splice Hybrid - which was like mid range (900 or so) and it was used like here and there like 3x a year cause in Texas nobody bikes so it was for going out drinking only.
Both bikes came with me to Portland, OR - best adventure on the Kona was a train ride to Seattle to bike to Bellvue for a work conference (I was 100% the only person there who biked)
FFWD to last year, I quit drinking and started riding. A Lot. ALL on the Kona. I paid for a service, wore through two tires, a chain, and a cassette in that year. about 2800 miles. Then I started wanting a more fun bike. I was waffling between Ribble Endurance SL R Disc and the Fezzari Empire Elite.
I ordered the Ribble in July 2022 and while waiting for it to arrive a 2019 Fezzari Elite hit the outlet in my wife's size with Shimano Ultegra drivetrain for a really decent price (in 2022) So I ordered her a bike and about 2 months apart we both had sweet new endurance bikes.