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Location: South Florida
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Changing tubes and tires isn't that hard. The slime tubes are a great idea that can often wind up with nasty execution, though. It's a real pain cleaning off the slime if you have a catastrophic blow and it gets on the bike frame.
Better to carry a spare tube and a patch kit.
Tubes: A tube is a tube is a tube. It's the tire casing that yu want max quality with, as it supports the tube.
Tires: Depends on the purpose. In 26", you can run anything from a High Pressure 1.5" slick for fast pavement riding to a 2+ inch aggressive knobbie for offroading it, all on the same wheelset.
Get the best tire you can afford.
Pump: Topeak makes a great frame pump, the Road Morph. There are other options as well. Don't skimp on your pump. This isn't to say that you don't look for a deal, but the $3.99 "Bargain" closeout pump probably won't last you. (Using this as a metaphor for a really cheap and cruddy pump. )
Canned air and CO2 tend to leak and are often empty when you need them. Better to have a pump.
Also, invest in a good multitool and tire levers.
Following are a group of useful links:
About Tires ansd tubes: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html
How to change a tire: http://oldbikeblog.blogspot.com/2008...-tiretube.html
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