I'm currently right at 300lbs. I've been riding a Gary Fisher Big Sur with slicks for the past few years, but am ready to get back on a real road bike, or at least something closer to it. I do a lot of charity rides in the 40-50 mile range, and as many weekday miles as I can fit in (currently not enough, thus the 300lbs). I have a nice Serotta Colorado Legend that I bought on eBay a few years ago, and decided to see if my LBS could make it work for me. The LBS thought the frame would be fine, but we'd probably want to go with a beefier wheelset. I agreed with this, as every since I surpassed the 250lb mark, Ive had to be more concerned with wheel strength and durability. Stock road wheels generally let me know that they are struggling with the load. Unfortunately, the Serotta has very narrow chainstays, and moving to a wider rim just isn't an option with this bike, and the LBS did not feel comfortable recommending any 23mm rim for my needs.
To allow for wider rims, I have decided to get a different frame, and I want to use the Campy Chorus 9-spd parts that are on the Serotta. The existing Campy hubs use 32 spokes. I am looking at the Salsa Casseroll or the Soma Smoothie ES for the frame, as both use 130mm rear spacing. My question is, can sturdy wheels that won't complain be built with my current hubs, or should I realistically consider something else?
I already am going to have to resort to changing to long reach brakes, so I was hoping to avoid additional changes. If I have to swap out too many pieces, then I end up defeating the purpose of trying to use the existing Chorus group. At that point, I could consider frames with 135mm spacing, and all sorts of component possibilities.
Are any of you fellow larger than life types rolling on 32-spoke wheels with standard road hubs? If so, what rims and tire sizes are you using?