Knackered knees have forced me off road running and onto a bicycle for regular fitness training. At the moment I have a cheap old hybrid bike - and the problem is that it runs out of gear range at moderate speed or on a slight downhill. I need the gear range of a road racing bike, but don't particularly enjoy the gonad-crushing position. Thus I'd like to find something with a hybrid/flatbar position, but with road bike ratios. I went into Evans to have a look around, and saw a Cannondale Synapse Tiagra Triple Flatbar Road Bike at c£750 (Evans Cycles | Cannondale Synapse Tiagra Triple Flatbar 2009 Road Bike | Online Bike Shop). This is the sort of thing that seems to fit the bill but, being a bit skint, I'd like to limit my budget somewhat. Its hard to know how to compare it with other, cheaper, bikes - even Evans' own online shop lists 100s of hybrids/road bikes. Anyone here a bit of a bike buff and able to throw me a few ideas, or at least advise what might be the best "value for money" of the various brands so that i can narrow my search? Thx for any ideas.