my Dawes Echelon came with original equipment Rigida AL 1320 rims on the Maillard hubs. when i got it, the rear wheel was way out of true, and i asked my local LBS guy to true it up. after he got it, he called me up to say he wouldn't recommend re-using that rim, as it had too many lip dings and bends. so we built a new wheel on the old hubs, but it kept bothering me that i had this nice looking AL 1320, which i now realized is really hard to find a replacement for.
i started looking at the dings on the old rim and realized that i could probably put it back true by using a big adjustable wrench to gently pry them out. which i did with really good looking results.
you can see my question coming, right? is this an acceptable practice? can a sound new wheel be built on this rim?
cuda's 'cold set' query post got me to thinking about this....