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Old 09-25-08, 05:37 PM
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I've used most of the uncommon spoke patterns on various bikes. Currently I have the 2 leading 2 trailing cruciform lacing shown in the preceding pictures on my rear wheel. That one and the similar 3l3t pine cone aren't any harder to make than a normal wheel and look much cooler. If you use search there are pictures I posted a while ago.

The snowflake on the other hand is really hard to do nicely. It's difficult to twist the spokes around symmetrically (butted spokes are easier since they're thinner in that area) and it doesn't actually look so cool in person. You may also have problems with your wheel creaking as the twisted spokes rub against eachother such that you have to oil them to make them quiet. You'll also have a horrible time if you break a spoke or even during normal truing.
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