I'm a 6'1, 190 lb recreational roadie looking to replace the wheelset on my 6 yr old Bianchi Veloce - current (original) wheels are developing the kind of hairline cracks radiating from the rim eyelets as described in a couple of recents threads here. I ride a fair number of miles (4 - 5,000 mi / yr) on mostly smooth rural roads.
Are there rules of thumb about which type of wheelset to buy? i.e., at my size should I steer clear from <24 spoke wheels, or paired spoke setups, etc? Note I'm not concerned with racing speeds, just reliable centuries. Thanks!