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Old 10-17-11, 03:05 PM
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Any well-built wheel will accomplish the job. Avoid machine built wheels. They'll be cheaper, but they are much more likely to result in broken spokes down the road.

If you trust your LBS, have them build you a set. If not, I would recommend Universal Cycles. You could go with either 32- or 36-spoke wheels. More spokes makes for a stronger wheel, but 32 is probably safe for your purposes. Get double-butted spokes -- counter-intuitively they are stronger (in a simplified sense). Look for brass nipples -- alloy nipples corrode. I like Shimano hubs, mostly because they're cheap for the quality you get. I think Tiagra is the sweet spot for commuting. Many good rims are available. I've never used them but Sun CR-18 get great reviews and are very reasonably priced.
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