hey, does anyone recall if when the radial laced front became popular? Yes,I know it's the oldest pattern and all, but I don't see it ever in pictures of old race bikes from the 70's. The only one I know of is Merckx's bike for the Hour Record from 72. Did it become more common after that? Is it a 80's practice? I mostly associate it with aero/deep section rims which is late 80's. On a side note, has anyone have any success relacing a used record front hub (small flange) in a different pattern? The reason I ask is that I came across a front wheel that was radial laced (on its way out) and wanted to rebuild it with box-section rims for a mid-70's Holdsworth. I hear it's generally a no-no to follow a different pattern on a used hub, but I just wanted to hear what you think. It Would be nice to keep with the look of the times.