Broken spoke nipple. Anything to worry about?
The wheel is a hand built Velocity Cliffhanger 32h rim on an IRO fixed/fixed hub. The thing is SUPER strong. Spokes are 14g straight guage. I've been riding it since 9/05
Saturday while doing a bit of maintenence I noticed that the wheel was out of true. That was quite unusual, so I pulled the wheel and inspected it on the truing stand. I started squeezing pairs of spokes and quickly I found that I had not busted a spoke, but instead the wheel had a broken nipple. I have never seen that before. At least it explains that ticking sound I've been hearing from the back. I dismounted the tire/tube and pull the rim tape back. I had some extra's laying around, so I replaced the broken one. I brought it up to the same tension as the surrounding spokes, and the wheel required just a few minutes of truing on the stand with no more than 1/4" turn needed of any spoke to bring it to within about 1/64" of perfectly true. I am still confident about riding the wheel.
The real question is: Do I have anything to worry about for the future? It seems like a fluke to me, but I want to know if I need to keep a close eye on this wheel.
Thanks a lot!