The wheels that came on the Gunnar were a little sketchy. The front hub liked to vibrate apart and I did not trust the rear. So I traded in the old ones and had some nice shinny wheels built (at Klunk). The new wheels consist of black Salsa Delgato Cross 32 hole rims, Deore XT hubs, DT Swiss spokes and black brass nipples. I had the wheels built with 3-cross lacing with a nice pattern with alternating pairs of black and silver spokes. These wheels, while not particularly light, should stand up to some abuse. I also switched to a 32mm Ritchey Speed Max Cross kevlar front tire. The 32mm version is much more suited to hard packed gravel and dirt than the 35mm. The 32mm seems to have more cornering grip and turns more predictably due to the round shoulders.
Update: I rode the 19.2 mile route this morning. It was windy (again) with strong gusts. The headwind was tough, but the tailwind was very helpful. Still, I only managed 1:10, 16.5 MPH; 1 minute and .1 MPH slower than the first attempt. At least I’m consistent.
Time: 9:00 am
Conditions: 55°F, very windy
Average Speed: 16.5 MPH