Well, I've been commuting for a few weeks now, and am really enjoying it. I only lose a minute or two versus driving and gain a ton of time compared to walking, so it works out to be pretty much ideal. And the weather, for the most part, has cooperated, with a few showers that always seem to hit after I make it to work, or clear off just a few minutes before I leave. However, I would like to get into some longer riding for recreational purposes, and am not terribly confortable with my wheel set after having lurked and searched through this forum for the past two months or so, hearing stories of spokes popping tires and long walks home.
To this end, I am looking at getting a custom wheel set built up. I dropped my bike off at the "shop" (Scheel's All Sports - the LBS are much farther and keep hours that are virtually impossible for me to make on second shift) today to get the 30 day tune up (just squeeking by on that one), and asked one of the guys about getting a wheel set built. They directed me to their manager who does wheels, and he gave me an estimate for what it would cost. I asked him to write down the parts he was suggesting so I could mull it over a bit. Here's what he wrote down, as best I can tell ... have you guys any advice?
Hubs: Shimano m495 (I think he said these are on close out), $20-30 - or - Shimano m530 hubs, 360 hole $54.99
Rims: Sun Rhyno Lite 36h $80 for the pair
Spokes: DT Swiss 14g $36 for 64 spokes... of course, I'll be needing 72...
The prices quoted look pretty competetive with what it would cost me to buy the parts online. I have a couple of thoughts: first, I was thinking of going with the m535 hubs over the 530 - the only difference I can see between them is a few bucks and disc brake mounts, so I figured I'd be better off with the m535s just incase I decide to go disc brakes. Second, he was mumbling something about wanting to get a wider rim... not sure what exactly, I was keeping my eye on the clock as I needed to get going to work. My primary concern is that I ordered a new pair of tires from Nashbar the other weekend, Panaracer Pasela TG in 700x35 size. Is this something I need to bring up, or should the new rims be fine. If not, should I just ditch these new tires (they will fit on my current wheel set, which I plan on keeping as back ups...), or find a rim that will suit these tires?