That's WalMart for ya. Paid $3.27 each on Bell 26 inch Universal Inner Tube.
Originally Posted by mkadam68
As mentioned, this is what I found in Bicycling Magazine - April 2008 (hope I won't get in trouble for this):
Save on Pedals: Pricey pedals are a bit lighter thanks to techy materials such as carbon and titanium. But you'll notice little or no performance bump compared with midrange models of chromoly and glass fiber. Quality, workhorse pedals cost $100 to $150, half that of feathery ones. And generic pedals compatible with Shimano SPD or Look Delta cleats go for as little as $35.
Splurge on Shoes: Inexpensive shoes disappoint, with poor closure systems that won't cinch your feet comfortably, and flimsy uppers that wear quickly. Quality footware includes features such as ratcheting buckles and stiff carbon soles. Spend what it takes to find the proverbial soe that fits, and don't order online just to save $5. Buy from a shop so you can try multiple models and sizes.
Save on Jersey: The fit and feel of a finely made jersey is a worthy treat for long, special days in the saddle. But for everyday squeak-in-an-hour-after-work rides, most any synthetic, snug-fitting top with back pockets will suffice. One way to get a high-end jersey for cheap: Look for replica jerseys of now-defunct pro teams, which often populate the closeout racks at shops.
Splurge on Shorts and Bibs: The best shorts are constructed with multiple panels-look for eight or more-for a more conforming fit. And they use vastly superior padded inserts. Spend $100 or more (they start getting really good in the $150 range) for shorts that boast multilayer or multidensity, stretchable, smooth-seemed, gender-specific padding. Your bum will thank you every ride.
Save on Tubes: A generic, $5 Chinese inner tube is all that your bike ever needs. Spending more gets you either special thin, lightweight tubes, which are less weighty but more prone to punctures, or a brand-name box that contains a $5 Chinese tube. They're just butyl rubber doughnuts.
Splurge on Tires: Better tires have superior puncture resistance and wear, and reduced weight and rolling resistance, so you can go faster. Look for supple castings - sidewalls flexible like a leather glove, not rigid like a car tire - and thread counts of 60-plus tpi. Tires with folding beads, rather than wire, are often lighter and easier to mount.
Save on Helmet: All helmets sold in the United States meet CPSC safety standards, so a $30 lid is equally as good as protecting your head as a $200 one. Many under $60 helmets offer fit systems similar to pricier models, often head straps with buckles or dials for easy adjustment. they lack just flashy styling and extra vent holes.
Splurge on Sunglasses: Quality glasses offer the 100 percent UV protection claimed (drugstore cheapies often don't), and they're more scratch-resistant. Sport glasses also have pliable ear and nosepieces that keep them stuck to your face, even on descents or choppy trails. And many offer interchangeable lenses or prescription options.
Save on Rain Jacket: Except for hardcore commuters or racers, and maybe Northwest dwellers, few of us really ride in the rain much. For the rare occasions you do get caught in a shower, a $200 waterproof and breathable shell is nice, but you'll get wet eventually. And a simple $20 clear plastic jacket, still the choice of countless pros, does the job, too.
Splurge on Vest and Base Layer: The vest allows more versatility than any other piece of cycling clothing. In cold, windy conditions, it protects your core, but it packs small to stow in your picket. A quality base layer, which fits like a second skin and wicks sweat, will keep you cooler in summer and warmer in winter.