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Can someone school me on Wheelset selection?

I've spent most of my time on these forums in the C&V section, so I'm a bit of a noob with CX/gravel.

What exactly sets apart a road wheelset from a gravel/cx set? In other words, what's the 'minimum' rim requirements to accommodate gravel tires (32mm+)? I've seen some marketed that had an inside width of 21mm, some as large as 25, etc, etc.

I'd like 700c clincher wheelset with rim braking surface.

I bought a used cx bike that has a tubular wheelset (I hadn't realized there was a difference between tubular and tubeless.. rookie) and I don't love the idea of not being able to easily fix a flat tire if I intend on doing some serious gravel riding. I've done hundreds of miles on a clincher wheelset on gravel, with rarely a pinch flat, so I'm totally good with clincer (or tubeless ready).
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