After riding through the winter so far, I decided to thoroughly clean my bike yesterday. For the most part, it was in perfect condition after all the grime and dirt came off.
However, after wiping the rims clean, it was obvious where all that salt and dirt had taken its worst toll.
The brake surfaces of the rims look like Swiss cheese, because of massive pitting.
I'll soon, provided I have the money, get the stuff I need to build my own wheels, but the question then is, what's the most economical strategy?
Buying cheap (but not too cheap) rims that could be considered expendable and replace them frequently, or buy high-quality rims, that may or may not last longer (in terms of brake wear), and not be able to replace them as often?
How big a difference is there between cheaper rims anyway?
I've been looking at the Mavic range of rims, mostly, and their cheapest ones are about a third the price of their top rims (for my needs).
I'm talking 559 rims with a bead seat width of between 17-20 mm.