Busted my rear wheel today. I've had this crinking noise coming from the rear wheel for about a month and a half, and I didn't know what was wrong. It continued to get louder, but I couldn't find what was wrong. Spokes seemed okay, and axle.
Today, the spoke and nipple tore right through the rim. Came clean through, and threw off the whole wheel's alignment, and now it's hugely messed up. Not sure what I'll end up getting now. That wheel sure took a huge beating.