I'm putting together a commuter with the frame and fork are from an older Trek 720 "Multi-Track" that's being powdercoated, plus most of the components from an old Cignal we had. The bike is often parked in a relatively high theft area so we're trying to keep the cost and sex appeal down. Two of us use it, and both of us weigh well over 200 lbs, plus gear.
We're using 35c width tires. The unmarked rear wheel seems rather heavy - it weighs 5 lbs 3 oz with the 700x35c tire, tube, etc. We think from a spec site that it's a Weinmann 2719. The front was a used replacement - it says Weinman 519 and weighs 3lbs 14 oz with similar tube and tire. The tire is a Panaracer Pasela that's about 250g in that size.
There are plenty of used and new wheels on eBay at reasonable prices, not to mention places like Harris. But it's hard to tell what is suitable for two large humans. And t's hard to tell if the rim widths offered are suitable for the 35c tires. Any suggestions? I don't think it makes sense to spend much over $100 on rims, particularly since we could just keep the old ones for now.