Hey Ric, I'm just glad to hear you say you are Interested in what others have to say ! At least you didnt say I'm crazy !
( or maybe your waiting for the others to tell me LOL)
"Are the 700's you are considering double-walled lightweights such as Alex?". I don't know ? He said he could get me 700 rims already spoked for that, I didn't ask the brand because it wouldn't mean nothing to me, I'm a newbie to this. Lightweight bike stuff. I will ask next time I see him.
I defiantly will keep all the original stuff, we thought the brakes would work, but are not 100% sure.
Sometimes we ride a couple miles of gravel, a lot of the time we don't even hit the gravel, I sit back and let the group decide and just follow, but I don't want to be the one crying about where we ride, I'm just happy I'm getting friends, family and neighbors to go out riding ! So I want to have a bike that can handle both terrains.