Take your pick from the big brands: Fuji, Trek, Bianchi, Jamis, Cannondale.
Small workshop frames: Surly, Gunnar, Soma
Expedition grade: Bruce Gordon BLT.
Actually, Surly is a brand made for Quality Bike Parts - perhaps the largest parts wholesaler in the US. The only thing "small" about Surly is the "Image" of a small company that they try to put forward in their marketing. They are made in Taiwan. Soma is a brand name of American Cyclery, that is also made in Taiwan. Gunnar is a brand name of Waterford, and I think they are made in Wisconson.
Bruce Gordon Cycles is actually a small workshop - you can't get much smaller than ONE person. And they are made in the USA - if that makes any difference to anyone.
Bruce Gordon www.bgcycles.com
My bike got ripped off the other day in plain view of my own eyes. Giant great journey (dark blue, front and back frames, and Japanese tags) in Columbia, SC. If anyone spots it.
What are the best touring bikes you guys and gals would suggest? Thank you for your time.
You didn't say how much you wanted to send. Originally I was looking at a Rivendell Atlantis and a Trek 520, but the 520 is too plain and now have settled on a Mercian because it's a bit less expensive but still has that artsy flair, and it's at least as good...if not better, then the Atlantis. I you want a lessor expensive bike (as compared to the Atlantis or Mercian) but still get a lot for your money then consider the Trek 520.