My favourite maker of road/touring bikes is Dawes. I know they're mainstream but I've never had a bad one and I even like their new stuff. I had a 70's Galaxy when they were still lightweight tourers, full 531 tubing, chrome forks, no bottle mounts though but somehow that added to not detracted from the bike, lovely comfy frame. Currently commuting on a Dawes Lightning of the same era as the Galaxy, very similar bike be it heavier but again so comfy and stable. I like how they use cable stops around the bottom bracket to route gear cables, nicer and smoother than running around cable slots. Also like their modern alloy trecking bikes which have been around a long time plus the Titanium Galaxy's and lovely steel audax bikes.
I've had Raleighs, Peugeots, Elswicks although nothing exotic but I dont want any more, I only want Dawes for road/touring bikes
What single marque is to you the Beez Kneez ?