Well today i was going to set out on a metric century, i got about 2.5 miles in made a hard 90 degree turn and hurt a pop. I broke one of my back spokes off at the hub. So much for that metric century. I called the shop i bought my bike at a mere 4-5 weeks ago, and they said they would fix it and true it for around 20$, the setback is that the shop is an hour away and they want my bike for a week to do this. I cant afford the gas to drive down there till at least friday when i get paid let alone afford to drive down there a week after that to pick it back up. There is no local shop in town. So if i go that route then i am looking at not being able to ride my bike for two weeks. Plus my brother from downstate is coming up this weekend to ride with me. I am pretty mad about this, since like i said the bike is just over a month old (although probably a bit over 400 miles on it), but i expected not to have wheel problems with it for a while.
So i guess i am just kind of ranting and picking everyones brains. Is it possible to replace and true it myself, as a complete novice to repairing, it seems like one of the more difficult repairs on a bike? i have heard if they all arent tensioned properly i will probably have more popping off in the future? would it make sense just to upgrade from the stock rims on my Trek 7100? Any thoughts suggestions or comments are much appreciated. Thank you