I paid a second visit to my new local bike shop this morning to drop off my rear wheel for spoke replacement and truing. In an effort to save both time and money, I removed the wheel from the bike and also removed the tire from the wheel. They said the job would cost $12 ($2 for the spoke and $10 to true the wheel) and probably take two or three days. I got a call less than two hours later saying the wheel was ready to go. And the total came to only $11.06. Excellent.
Three cheers for the local bike shop. The store was already hopping when I went in at 9:30a, with new bikes on display in the parking lot beneath a tent and sales running on everything in stock. If you’re in the area and reading this, be sure to stop by and pick up some new gear.