light rider seeks budget cross wheels
Hey, all, new to the forum, but I'm embarking on building my first scratch bike. I just bought the Nashbar aluminum "X" frame and their carbon cross fork, and I'm looking at what to put on it. The bike will probably be used for winter commuting (8 miles each way that I've been doing for two summer/falls so far on a road bike), but I also think I want to try cross racing.
My question at the moment is, can I assume, given that I weigh 110lbs, that any wheel, properly built, is going to be strong enough? Is 32 holes enough? And, this last one is almost certainly a stupid question, but what term denotes a 700c wheel that can comfortably take a wider tire? Because I can't figure out what the width marking on rims is, or maybe it's just not consistently written.
Thanks for any pointers you'd like to bestow!