In the end, I decided on a Thorn Nomad equipped with Rohloff hub, which weighed in at £2700. Yes, you heard that right! Its by far the most amount of money that I have ever spent on anything, but the idea is that this is possible the last bike I will buy. Even at this price, its still cheaper than buying and running a car. All the bikes at Thorn are built up for each riders specs, and so I have put a deposit down on her (its got to be a her really, hasn't it?), and due to build time, it should be with myself some in the early part of May. As its not here yet, I will not go over the specs now, but will instead do that when the bike arrives. To say that I am happy and excited is an understatement – I am sure the reality of how much i have committed to spend though will soon sink in!