Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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You pretty much have to buy the 26x1-3/8" specifically. Look at the millimeter numbers on your existing tire and the ones you're planning to buy to confirm.
On my 3-speed, the fork and fenders are real narrow, and you couldn't mount a normal mountain bike tire there even if it would fit on the rim.
Local stores may or may not have these, and if they do, they may or may not be priced reasonably. Niagara Cycles has some cheap ones on their website if you need a set. I actually remember seeing such a tire at Walmart, but it was $15 there (and they sure don't have these at every Walmart.)
Also, you need the tubes specifically for this size (and not a "26x1.25-1.5", which is what I tried). I tried other tubes, and they had to stretch around the rim, which meant they got in between the tire and rim when I got the tire mounted.
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