Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: San Jose, CA
Bikes: 1980s and 1990s steel: CyclePro, Nishiki, Schwinn, SR, Trek........
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I am 300+ and learned how to build/rebuild indestructible wheels because I am cheap, and did like spending money at the LBS.
Spoke failure is caused by fatigue. Strong wheels have high and uniform spoke tension. The build/rebuild process is: tension, true, stress relieve, true, stress relieve, true.
I use Wheelsmith spokes - see Peter White's website for the reasons. DH13 on the drive side, SS14 on the non drive side and in the front. If you have disc brakes, use DH13 spokes on the brake side too.
My wheels are 36H or more.
The build is the most important thing; any hub and any rim that is fairly true unbuilt (no spokes) can be built up into an acceptable wheel.