Back when I started riding, the cognoscenti told us neophytes that 4 cross wheels were for tourists, because they gave a softer ride due to increased flex in the longer spokes. Given what has been said on the effect of cross patterns and tensions, was this an urban legend, or is there a difference?
Also, since so many say the 4 cross will result in the spoke crossing the head of adjoining spokes, how were 4 cross wheels ever built? Do you have to use certain hubs only?
And by the way, what effect did tieing and soldering the spoke crosses have? Who should have it done?
Tom Adams, curious in Kansas City