Last year I had some wheels built at my LBS with the intention of doing some "light" touring, mainly weekend trips. Having done a couple of those trips, I'm now itching to really get out there for some multi-week trips, and I'm wondering if my wheels might be underbuilt for carrying a significant load. My wheels are as follows:
Chris King classic road hub, 130mm rear spacing, 32 spoke
DT Swiss TK7.1 rims (700c)
DT Swiss alloy nipples
DT Swiss double butted spokes (either competition or revolution, not sure)
I'm currently running a 28c gatorskin, but would probably go to a 32c or 35c marathon for durability.
I should also point out that the wheelbuilder seems really good. I've ridden these wheels on some pretty rough stuff and they have needed to be trued only a couple times so far. They were definitely built with care and experience.
I weigh 170 pounds, and my bike with racks weighs ~27 pounds. Would you guys trust the wheels if I added another 40-50 pounds of gear?