Am I insane, or are bladed spokes more for show than anything? A round spoke directs air around it because of its shape. A bladed spoke, however, in addition to having flat sides also has a flat front end, which should cut through the air less efficiently, creating more drag and more air turbulence. Am I right, or does the bladed nature of the spoke counteract the turbulence created by the front end smashing through the wind? It seems to me that rather than aiding a rider, a bladed spoke does nothing more than create drag and catch crosswinds. If a wheel were to be really aero, one would want teardrop shaped spokes, followed by round spokes, and then finally the bladed spokes one finds on Ksyriums and Race Lites.
Am I right, or am I just another carpet smoker?