What do you want it for?
I had one of these....
Great for doing 50+ mile runs.
I also have a 1980s Peugeot road bike with Reynolds 531 tubing that is just a great bike, really comfy. So much so the Giant got sold.
The giant I paid £900 from £1500 by the way, was last years model.
The Pug was £20.
However, what I really wanted from a bike was to stay a bit fitter, I don't commute, I don't find going out for 4 hours or so that much fun I really just wanted some excercise.
So I bought one of these...
Now got flat bars on, brake on front and a freewheel on one side.
Now, 30 minutes on that and I come back more knackered than 5 hours on the Giant.
So really depends what you want from your bike, an effortless road bike is not the best if you want a quick blast to get the blood flowing.