I'm looking to use a Nexus 7 or 8 rear and a Sachs front drum on a project and I'm wondering: is there enough meat on the flanges to drill another 18 holes per side? I'm trying to avoid the 'same 'ol wheel' look without spending $1,000 on a set of aluminum wheels. I would also like to avoid faceplanting when the front wheel comes apart. I've also considered alternate spoke patterns, such as Crow's Foot or 3 Leading / 3 Trailing, and would like to combine these with a high spoke count. Comments? Questions? Thanks!