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    touring wheelset; which one should be better for me?

    I have two sets of wheels on which to put onto my CyclePro Oswego bicycle; both are 26" wheels; one is newer than the other...
    I have 460mm Chainstays; 1980s Sugino VP triple chainring set; 26T small ring, 36 mid, and 46 big ring; the Derailleurs are Suntour XC Sport friction shifters; from the same era as the Sugino crankset; Anyways...back to the wheels. both wheels I have are Aluminum Alloys, one is 7 speed; the other is 6 speed...
    Alex Rim X 606;559x20(or 26x1.5 nominal) 36 spokes, Shimano MegaRange; 14T,16T, 18T, 20T, 22T, 24T and a big jump to 34T; not sure if my Suntour Rear Derailleur can handle the big jump between 24 and 34;
    no name Taiwanese Araya styled wheel set; 36 spokes; 26x1.5, 6 speed; similar to Shimano but only markings are Y7 on the big ring along with 28T on it;
    14T-16T-18T-22T-24T and 28T;
    I am not sure which one I want yet..the bolt on axle on the Taiwanese is bent; will need replacing; the Alex is perfect, BUT is missing 5 spokes from when previous owner jumped chain and chain broke the spokes; (this was on a much later model Schwinn Frontier with SHimano components)
    for the kind of riding I plan on doing with this; somewhat loaded with front and rear pannier bags; handle bar bags; front and rear racks; relatively fat road tires, (thinking Michelin Wild Run'rs or Continental commuters) which rear wheel would I be better served with? I could always use my black bike's current Araya RM20s with 6 speed rear....and change tires out...

    EDIT: before I put the Alex rims on; I'm getting them repaired and trued..and as for the Araya RM20s; I don't remember the gear ring tooth counts off the top of my head (at my parents where the other wheels and bike frames are)

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    am back in Albany...and looked at the wheels I currently have...

    the Araya wheels; have Shimano 7012 6 speed freewheel cluster; 14-16-18-21-24-28;

    and the SUMO 1.75 wide wheels from the military bicycle; have an odd 6-speed freewheel cluster set..
    maybe the Sumo would be better option once i get the paint off the rims and spokes? a compromise between 28 and 34; with the added benefit of being wider than both the Alex and the Araya and Taiwanese copies...

    EDIT: Would it be possible to get a custom-assembled 6 or 7 speed freewheel cluster; with 16-20-24-28-30-32 (and 34 if 7) sprockets? I find I use 16-20 a lot more than 14 and 18; and for the hills; the 21-28 range more in the middle ring than the small (granny) ring... but I haven't really had the chance to use the 30 or 34T rings much..tho I did use the 30T ring when I had a 48 ring small ring on my 2x6 military bike..

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