I've searched for posts about "bent rims", but none of the threads I've looked at have seemed to really address my problem.
I have an old Univega Gran Turismo I'd like to fix up. All that's left of the front wheel is the hub and the rim; I don't know what happened to the spokes. I'd like to build a new wheel with what I've got, but since I've never worked on a project like this before, I'm kind of lost.
What concerns me is the rim. When I laid it on the ground, it didn't lie flat. Two sides touched the ground, while the other two went up in the air a bit. It's kind of like a pringle shape, though the bend isn't nearly as dramatic.
I tried to bend it flat (I don't know if this was a good idea), and it's helped a bit, but I still don't think the rim is perfectly straight and true.
Is this normal? Can I rebuild this wheel using this rim? Will the spokes bend the rim into shape, or will it cause the wheel to go out of true?