Re: A few questions
My bike had those ram horns and I got rid of them and put different ones on.......yeah, it may be a pain to change everything to compensate, but in the long run you'll be quite pleased.
I wouldn't know about those thin tires......Mine is a 26" road bike and originally had those thin tires on it, but because of the limited space between the forks, I put 24" MTB tires on it. That was all that would fit for such a wide tire and it is really the ticket now!
Don't feed the bears....