The wide tires won't fit your wheels? Or they won't fit your frame? Or both? If they interfere with the frame, it might be possible to "adjust" the frame, aka very carefully bend it for clearance. It's generally agreed you can do this once to a steel frame, but I make no gaurantees whatsoever. Do so at your own risk. You should also measure your fork for clearance with the front tire. As far as inexpensive wheels go, I know the Sun Rhyno Lite wheels are a popular inexpensive option. Definitely not the lightest, but durable and a good value. Never owned any (my department store bike is enough for me). So again, I make no gaurantees. Good luck.
P.S. I am also in East Texas.
Edited by 4evrplan (10/11/17 02:55 PM)
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