I am somewhat new to bicycling and rode a hybrid bicycle from bikesdirect.com without truing the wheels first. I rode lightly, a daily commute of about 4 miles. A couple rides later I bumped a curb causing rear wheel lateral damage. The wheel still spin through the fork, but I had to unhook the brakes.
Since then I've learned a lot about truing. The wheel now looks true but the spoke tension is very uneven. I know I could just get a new wheel, however, the wheel uses an in-hub gear shift and is pricey to replace.
I'm thinking about undoing all the spokes of the wheel and trying to bend the rim straight with hand force. Then lace it back into the spokes. This should work, right? I haven't seen this technique mentioned before, I'm guessing this is because in-hub gear shifts are uncommon?