I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in the Folder forum.
After fixing up my Dahon Speed for touring (putting a front rack on it, etc.), I've now realised it's just not reliable enough for touring. I've had numerous mechanical failures related to the frame closure, and now the chrome-moly frame has developed a crack . I'm going to look into having it welded, but I'll probably get rid of the bike or just use it for riding around town.
I think I'm ready to move up to a Brompton, and I'm wondering what features I'd want to look for in a bike that would be used for touring. I understand there's one available with a six-speed hub. Would that be the way to go? What about handlebars? Panniers?
Thanks for any advice you might be able to offer.