Cruisin' on my Bluebird
- Dec 24, 2017
- Mechanicsville, MD, United States
Correct, interlacing is to keep broken spokes in place. If not the spoke will flapping around and could cause serious problems. Same for tied and soddered spokes. Doesn't make the wheel stronger makes it safer.with the rims and hubs we use and for the riding most of us do, as long as the spokes are sufficiently tight and the wheel is as round and true as is acceptable to you the "right way" as far as theory goes is whatever works.
"correct" for the majority of american cruisers is 4x not "interlaced".
interlacing does not make for an appreciably stronger or more rigid wheel.
the belief that it does is not supported by science or “real world” evidence:
countless pre- and post-war wheels are still very or acceptably straight and round.
Also: consider a radial spoked wheel steering a ~160lb professional cyclist @25mph