Now that I've been commuting for a while on my Technium 3 speed conversion I've learned a couple things. I really like the bike, but for commuting and running errands the aluminum frame and skinny tires are not very well suited to the pothole-ridden roads in this city. I think I want to transfer commuting duty over to my Raleigh Sports. Hopefully taking advantage of the steel frame and wider tires to absorb the bumps. Then I can make the Technium my "fast" recreational riding bike.
Before I start commuting on it I want to upgrade the wheels. I know there is plenty of information on upgrading Raleigh Sports wheel, which I have read. I've come to the conclusion that my best option would be to use the same 26x1 3/8 size rims or 650b rims since they are close enough. I like the prospect of using 650b for the tire options, but I can't find any 650b rims for sale anywhere! 650b conversions seem fairly common around here, but where do you get the rims?
Even if were to stay with the original size, I can only find 1 rim option, the Sun CR-18. I've seen mention of Weinmann alloy rims but can't find them for sale anywhere. Am I not looking in the right places? I've searched all my usual online parts sites and google as well.