Old 10-15-15, 02:31 PM
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That damage does indeed look to me like someone rode the tires under-inflated, This is further evidenced by the valve being at that odd angle that usually happens when you ride under-inflated tires. Unless you ride the new tires under-inflated wider tires shouldn't make this issue any worse.

Does your bike have clearance for 46 mm tires?
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