I'm getting back into bicycling and I've gotten up to 50 miles which was a goal of mine. I'm super slow and ride a triple-crank Trek 4.5. I just went to the triple crank to make rides in hillier areas more enjoyable / longer for me, and that was a great move (for me).
I would like to reward myself with a bike upgrade. Any thoughts on wheels? The wheels I have are listed as "Bontrager approved third party," which doesn't sound particularly good. Any thoughts on the value of upgrading my wheels and whether I would notice a difference?
If it might be worth doing, what would you recommend upgrading to? I care about safety / strength first (since I'm 235), but I am happy to pay for light and strong (if that exists). I would be willing to pay $1,000 more or less for something I would notice.
Thank you all for your time.