mounted up the new shoes Only rode a couple houses up the block and back, as it's over 90 degrees today and I had errands to run. But they feel good from that quick ride; smooth and easy to pedal with less drag than the old ones, which was the goal. Also I have always had a thing for the narrow white line look. So now a question for anyone who has read this far: You may have seen a few posts up where I said I want to lace a better rear hub into this wheel. I am also thinking about just going to wider rims. The ones on the bike now appear to be 26 x 1. I thought it would be cool to go with 26 x 1.75 rims for an old school BMX look, but they are not as easy to find or as cheap as I had hoped, even in an off-brand or no-name. Some of the guys I ride with say it won't make much of a difference other than appearance anyway. On a cruiser/bomber like this, what is the benefit, if any, of wider rims? Would I be better served just to stick with the rims I have, which seem to work just fine?