Tyre and rim advice for 220lb Sirrus rider
Well, would-be Sirrus rider. I picked up a very nice 2003 Expert but the rear freehub has gone. It's Spec's own, and they import the bikes into the UK but don't bother much with spare parts. So I need a new rear wheel, but this is the first time I've owned a 700c bike and I'm confused.
I weigh 220lbs; this isn't an issue on the MTBs I'm used to, but I thought it might be here and I should get a 32 spoke wheel. However, I was told by a shop's wheelbuilder that I didn't need to worry about this at all.
Looking at the Rivendell site, I thought I should get rims that would let me ride with 32 to 38 mm tyres, but I've been told that 28s should be fine - and I can't find out what the Sirrus's tyre size limit is. I've googled, but get wildly different opinions and no definite information.
Oh, well - at least I've found a guide on Sheldon Brown's site that lets me work what width rim I should go for once I have the tyre issue settled. So if someone could give me reliable advice about tyre size and spoke count I'll be fine - I hope!