Summary: Should I have a 36h rear wheel built at Jitensha Studio (under $200) or buy the Touring wheel built at Rivendell ($175)?
Details: I'm a cylde (at 275lbs) and ride a Jamis Coda Sport (2005) with 32h machine built wheels (Alexrims Ace18 rims, Shimano 2200 hubs). After 250 miles I got a very loose spoke and though the rear wheel is still ridable, a different spoke now must be completely loose to keep the wheel straight (because the rim is damaged). This will work for a while (LBS tuned and confirmed okay to ride), but it places me in the market for a new rear wheel in the near future. My budget is around $150, though less is better. I'm specifically looking at 36 spoke (36h, 36 hole) wheels with more substantial spokes. Something like a touring wheel as suggested on the Clydesdale subforum.
(1) Jitensha could build up something for between $150 to $200 that would fit the bill. He's close by and a hip fella (just love drooling at his frames).
(2) Rivendell has a touring wheel for $175they hand build with a shimano 36h hub, 14/15/14 spokes (what this gauge means I'm unsure, assume it's a bit thicker than normal) with Velocity Synergy 36h unmachined rims (a Rivendell special)
(3) The Missing Link has a machine build 36h shimano hubbed wheel for $75 that they'll hand finish and stand behind in case of problems. They're also very close by and friendly.
(4) Montano Velo is also nearby, but likely outta my price range. (misspelled in poll, can't edit it, sorry)
(5) Something else?
Please let me know what you suggest is the best place to have the wheel built if I go that way, or if you think I should just get the $75 wheel at the Missing Link and go with their service to back it up (though I'm sure the others would also provide free service on the wheels)?