wheel rebuilding - where to put the spokes in the hub flange?
So the title is dumb, but this is a clear and straightforward question. I'm rebuilding a wheel with a used hub, whose bearings are in very good shape. Now, the spokes have "worn" into the hub flange, seating themselves and creating little groove-depressions in the aluminum. When rebuilding the wheel, should I place the spokes exactly where they were the first time around (so, the new spoke seats in the same little depression in the flange) or should I rotate things so that the new spoke is against a "fresh" section of flange? I can imagine arguments both ways, but probably there's some consensus. Thanks.
I would lace it up the same way as before. This is the only way I've ever done it, so I can't say I've tried it both ways and have learned from experience. The spokes just look like they'd be happier in those grooves. Plus, if you make a mistake lacing, it is immediately obvious.
Alternately, the question could be phrased in the following way:
* since flanges never break, the main issue here is whether a spoke will experience less (detrimental) stress by being exactly where a previous spoke had seated in, versus a spoke-hole that hasn't been used at that angle before
* this is somewaht similar to asking if a spoke will be less likely to fatigue in a new hub as opposed to a wheel built on a pre-used hub with the spokes in the same place as they were the first time the hub had been used.