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You want stainless spokes and aluminum rims. As suggested in the comments you can check the rims with a magnet – and also by appearance steel rims will probably be shiny. But steel rims are kind of rare, most likely you'll have aluminum on any reasonably priced bike. For the spokes it may be hard to tell with a magnet. I think the easiest way to tell would ...


One thing also to consider is a minimum distance. If you are a sweater (i.e. one who sweats) a shower is a necessary part of bike commuting. If you are going to take the time to get all your gear together, pack a change of clothes, and ride your bike, 5 miles is too short. I sweat in 5 miles. My minimum distance is 10 miles, and max is 15. Anything more than ...

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