Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
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The issue is: Is the rim actually bent or has it just been tweaked out of line? If it's the latter, banging the wheel downward while you are holding the two high sides with your hands should spring it back into line. If the aluminum extrusion itself has actually been bent, there is no satisfactory repair short of replacing the rim.
At least half of the job of replacing a rim consists of acquiring the right replacement parts. Once that's done, it takes me about an hour to relace and tension a new wheel but I've had a bit of experience doing it. For your first one, plan on 1/2 a day.