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And actually, don't go by the 26" designation. There are several 26" tire sizes on the market that happen to be different diameters. To be safe, always go by the ETRTO number which will be 559 for the tire that you will need. As 10 Wheels stated, the tubes you have should be fine unless they are really old. I always keep a couple of spare tubes around so that if I need one (due to a flat) I don't need to worry about getting to the bike shop right away. If you are new to commuting, get familiar with fixing a flat. Always easier to get competent and confident in the comfort of your own home than trying to figure it out on the shoulder of some busy stretch of road. Always carry a tube, a pump, a patch kit and tire irons ..... a multi-tool is also a useful thing to carry with you.
As for the tire, hard to go too wrong for ten bucks.
As a former and possibly returning employee of Schwalbe, I could recommend a variety of models made by Schwalbe, but you won't find any for $10. As you gain experience, you'll become educated as to what characteristics mean the most to you with regard to bike tires. Then you can start honing in on a tire that works best.
Last edited by Kojak; 03-09-11 at 10:59 PM.