I'm looking for suggestions on where to find used bikes that are best suited for touring? I'm based in Maryland near DC and plan to do some shorter touring trips in that region. I'm new to bike touring and want to get my feet wet. I'm hoping to do a longer bike tour in the future out in Western USA (New Mexico to Oregon and Washington State to Alaska) which is why I'm not sure if I should buy a bike and ship it wherever I plan to tour or rent bikes for individual trips. Thanks! Fay
Hi - after doing some (admitidly limited) research I went for a Vivente and it has been great. Australian company with many / most components made in Taiwan. the various designs are based on real life experience of various continents, environments. for me the Deccan model World randonneur is making my travels in Australia, Europe and UK very comfortable and relaible. Easy to service and fix the few things I have needed to deal with. Not sure they are available over there? good luck hope you find a great bike. https://viventebikes.com/recent-models/deccan-2019/
There's loads of suitable bikes available these days. Even your Brompton can be used for touring depending on your needs, ingenuity and stamina...
I travelled several days with tent and all on my Brompton.
Max day trip 150 km, in flat terrain.
Be flexible and travel with your own bicycle, and rent where it's sensible...
If a bicycle are in good condition and adjusted to your personal measures(!) essential equipment like saddle, racks and bags are more important than a specific model.
I'm fairly close to you- I live in Rockville- and would be happy to get together to discuss if you like. For that matter, you're welcome to have a look at my Bike Friday New World Tourist- it's currently for sale (as listed in the For Sale subforum here and on the Bike Friday website). :)
To your "where should I look" point: Forums such as the For Sale section here or Adventure Cycling are a good starting point. Craigslist *may* work but it's gotten rather sketchy. If you know what brand / model you want, you might try FleaBay.
Also consider making a trip to Mount Airy to see what's in stock. Their website (bike123.com) lists hundred, or perhaps thousands, of used bikes seeking new homes. If you plan to go, you're well-advised to contact the shop a few days in advance so as to give them time to root around their warehouse for suitable candidates; showing up unannounced will likely yield less than salutary results.