Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Try the Vredestein Fortezzas. They are available from biketiresdirect.com for about $30. If you want the tan skinwalls, only size they are available is 700x25. These tires generally get very good reviews.
Also check out Panaracer Pasela TG folding version. They are available at lickbike.com for $24.50. Only in size 700x28 but according to Lick, they fit like 25s. Would probably wear better than the Vredesteins but not handle as well.
Finally, the Rivendell Roly-Polys also get good reviews. They are actually made by Panaracer. Not available in sizes less than 700x27, however, and cost $40 apiece.
I have heard very good reviews about the Veloflex Pave tires, but they run narrower than most. That's fine if you like a narrow tire, but they would definitely run narrower than the others mentioned.