Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Finds for Your Valentine

Ah...I LOVE Valentine's Day! Maybe it's because inklings of spring are starting to appear everywhere. The buds forming on the fruit trees in our backyard holding the promise of blossoms to come. Perhaps February warms my heart with things like rich chocolates and ruby red roses. And its one of the few times, besides Christmas, where I can get away with wearing solid red. The heart of our town runs blue for our Nevada Wolf Pack team and so I always get teased for wearing red.

If your gal is also a fan of V-Day and you don't know what to get her, here are some gifts that are sure to please the bicycle commuter on or off the bike. They will last A LOT longer than flowers or a box of chocolates and will keep the love of your life happy and healthy for a long time!

1. Papillionaire Bicycle in Vermillion comes with fenders to keep her clothes protected from road grime, chain guard to protect her pant leg and a rear rack to carry her stuff all color-matched to the powder coated chromoly steel frame. And 3-speed and 8-speed Shimano internal hub options to help her up and down hills without the fuss of derailleurs. Cuter Commuter is the only Papillionaire Bicycle dealer in Nevada so just give us a shout! You can see the Sommer style in person at the Reno Bike Project.
Vintage Dutch Style Bicycle
Papillionaire "Sommer" in Boston Red

2. Red Trench Coat or Wool Cape to keep her warm and visible on the bike. I love leaving my jackets unbuttoned to let it flap behind me like wings!!
3. Vivi "All You Need is Love Necklace" is adjustable and reversible. One side has filigree details and the message on the other side reads, "love is patient, love is kind". If she is allergic to certain metals, the felt string should not bother her. Proceeds benefit a young lady who loves to give to a few non-profit organizations.
All You Need is Love Necklace
 4. A Red Dress. A belted, button-up shirt dress is flattering for almost any figure yet has leg room to pedal on the bicycle. The collar detail is more appropriate for the office and can be layered under a cardigan or crew neck sweater.

I also love having a loose sweater dress, especially for going to a buffet dinner because it's more forgiving hahaha!!
5. Lezyne Sport Floor Drive or Lezyne Pressure Drive hand pump comes with a water bottle cage mount and the flex hose hidden inside the chamber has a threaded Presta connection on one end and a threaded Shrader connection on the other. Read a review on BikeRumor for a closer look.

I always carry the hand pump in my flat tire kit during my bicycle commutes. It's light and small enough to fit inside a large Brooks Challenge Tool Bag yet strong enough to pump up a flat tire to get you to your destination. On my way home one day I passed a fellow cyclist who had a punctured tire and was able to help her get on her way using the Lezyne Pressure Drive hand pump. And neither of us needed to use up our CO2 cartridges!
Lezyne Pressure Drive Hand Pump and Sport Drive Floor Pump
Cuter Commuter is also a Lezyne and Brooks saddle, bags and accessories dealer so we can help fit you with your bicycle commuting needs! Our retail site is not yet live but you can email us at with your order or questions.

Hope you have a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

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