Background: I have an inexpensive retail bike with a nutted 24-spoke rear wheel. The rim is a deep, "aero" design. I think that helps make it strong (for 24 spokes).
Goal: The front wheel is quick-release. I'd like to have a quick-release rear hub so I could stop carrying a wrench everywhere.
Question: Is it safe to lace the 24-hole rim to the 48-hole hub (every other hole)? It seems like the geometry would be the same. But, will those unused holes will weaken the flange? (More stress on every other hole than the hub was designed for?).
I've seen inexpensive 48-hole freewheel hubs with quick release ($14-$20).  I know I could be better off replacing the entire wheel(s) (or, maybe even the entire bike). But, the idea of getting a quick-release for $20 is appealing. And, I would benifit the experience of un-lacing/re-lacing a wheel. (I have a truing stand, wrenches, tensionmeter just begging to be used!).
I've read about lacing 24-hole rims to 36-hole hubs. But, I don't understand what they're talking about. The "every other one" of a 48-hole hub is easy enough for me to comprehend.
 Cheap, 48-hole freewheel hub