I'm going to start commuting to school next month when I move to a new town. It will be about 60-70 miles a week with 20-25 pounds daily. I'm 5'9" and 150 lbs.
I just ordered a new Shimano Tiagra 4600 groupset since nothing currently on the bike was taken care of. Now I just need to figure out wheels and tires.
I read Sheldon's post about spokes and honestly, it left me kind of confused. It seems that most people are running 32/32 and he is advocating a lower spoke count on the front wheel.
I'm not really sure where to go from here. My budget is maxed out at $175 so I need to find something that mixes affordability and reliability. I toyed with the idea of building my own but that seems to get expensive relatively quick.
Does anyone have recommendations on a wheelset I should look into? Spoke count? Should I build my own?
Appreciate it! Cheers!
EDIT: Bike is a 2006 Trek 1000. I plan on putting a pannier rack and fenders on it. I'm used to riding 23 mm wheels from a Trek 1.5