I am building myself a nice strong touring bicycle (I weigh 210 lbs.) using a 1985 Raleigh Elkhorn Mountain Bike. The frame is 23 inches and everything is pretty much stock. Most of the touring that I will do will be on paved roads and forest service dirt/hardpack/gravel roads. I've got a question about the wheels. Right now the wheels are from 1985 36 spoke Araya 26 x 1.75 rims with a six speed freewheel and solid axles. Should I just go with that or buy a new set of wheels--let's say 36+ spoke freehub system? There is a local bike shop that can fix me up with a new set of wheels that have shimano hubs and Sun Rhyno Lite rims.
What would you do?