Meh... after replacing 6 broken spokes so far, and having another one break on me before I got it back on the road after the most recent replacement, I decided to look into replacing the wheel.
The CHEAPEST wheel I could find locally was $75.... that $25 more than I paid for the bike! Yeah, I'm cheap, but I'm on a TIGHT budget right now... so off I went to buy some new spokes. I'm about half-way through lacing the wheel right now.
I guess now is as good a time as any to learn how to build a wheel, right?
Thank heaven for Sheldon Brown's web page!
With luck, I'll have the wheel done and back on the bike for my commute Monday... Friday I used the wheel off of my '72 Schwinn. Had to switch the shifter from indexed to friction, but it worked nicely. Little wider tire than I'm used to, and lower pressure but it got me to work and home again. I trued the wheel when I moved it over, it hit both chainstays in the course of 1 revolution! There's only about 1/8" of clearance on each side as it is.
Well, wish me luck, all.