Newbie Question: Difference between 24" and 26" tires?
As you can tell from my question, I'm totally new to cycling. I'm thinking of buying a used 80s Specialized Rockhopper for communiting around town (about 10 miles a day). I foundthis bike for $195 at this local non-profit cycling center. It is in great condition and has a 17" frame with 24" wheels, which is just right for my 5'1" shortness.
So here's my question: what's the difference between a 24" and 26" wheel? (Besides 2 inches...) I've been riding my roomates Raliegh M-80 this whole time, with a 26" wheel and I was wondering if the 24"wheel will be that much of a difference. Are the mechanics in riding it different? Is it that much more difficult to find replacement wheels/tires/tubes and stuff?
Any info would be greatly appreciated!