Re: Made the purchase!
I replaced the tires and went with 26x1.5 SERFAS Drifters. Much narrower and no threat to the drive chain. Rolling resistance is very light. I would have liked to have kept the fatter tires, but it is what it is. (I hate that phrase).
One thing that I have with the narrower tires is a higher tire pressure and a little bumpier ride now. Oh well. They look cool.
Here are pics of the finished product:
How about a nice hot cup?