Apologies in advance for my stupid questions. After years as a MTBer I bit the bullet last month and bought a second hand road bike for what I thought was a bargain. It's a 2005 alloy Bianchi with some upgraded kit.
However, on taking it out for a proper ride I noticed the spokes weren't correctly tensioned on the rear which buckled the wheel. On taking it to my local shop (Ealing Cycles) I was told the Ksyrium SLs had corroded nipples and I'd need the spokes replacing and the wheels refurbished. It turns out the spokes aren't cheap.
So the mechanic suggested I could get an even lighter pair of wheels with steel spokes that still look sexy (very important that) which ride nicer than the Ksyriums. He suggested something with an Ultegra hub but I zoned out a bit because my washing machine was leaking. I'm not planning on joining a team as a sprinter any time soon so I guess I don't need mega-stiffness in the wheels. Any advice on a decent set of wheels that would suit a newbie like me who likes a smooth ride would be grateful. Ta.