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First Bike Commute Ever!

First Bike Commute Ever!

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Roz

    Hi Lisa, I’ve noticed your comments on Lori’s blog and finally cliked on your site. Sorry I haven’t found it sooner, love your story, your posts and your pictures. I’ve bookmarked and will visit often. Have a great day.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Hi Roz! Thanks for checking out my blog. I love Lori’s story and I can relate to her a lot. Hope you enjoy my site! 🙂

  2. Sara

    That’s awesome! I’m jealous! 😛 I live 8 miles from my office and I sometimes contemplate biking but despite not having a bike it’s through some rough neighborhoods OR a major highway so I guess I’ll just have to stick with my car. 🙁 I’d totally ride a horse to and from work since I doubt I’d get messed with being on a horse…but the logistics might be a little tough 😉

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s a bummer it’s not feasible to ride! 8 miles would be pretty easy!

  3. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    So awesome Lisa!!! I have never commuted by bike to work before but there’s no where for me to store my bike AND I get sweaty no matter what, so it would be hard for me to look work appropriate after a ride in. I do run home sometimes though which takes lots of planning but it’s always so great to get home and already be done with the work out!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It does take a lot of planning. Luckily the sweaty thing wasn’t an issue in the morning. I was a little sweaty but not bad enough to need a shower (it was probably too cold when I rode). But in the summer time I might need to shower once I get to work and we have access to a locker room.

  4. Becky

    I’m having a severe case of jealousy over here…that commute looks amazing! How wonderful!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      It was really awesome. I am happy it went so well and the weather cooperated!

  5. steena

    I’m exactly like you, sorta, I hate not being in control, I won’t let someone pick me up, I’d rather drive & meet them somewhere. Biking to work is a huge challenge, but that’s really great that you did it!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Me too!!! I never want people to drive me places. I want to drive myself. Control freak 🙂

  6. Emily

    That’s awesome! I knew Portland was bike-friendly, but that all looks amazing! Unfortunately, the commute from my house to work takes me along very busy roads that are not bike friendly. And the drivers here seem to hate bikers. I’ll have to figure out how to get cycling in some other way.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Not all the drivers in Portland like bikers, unfortunately. But Portland is trying to make it a very cycling-friendly city.

  7. Kristina @ spabettie

    that is so great, Lisa!! you are braver than me, I love to ride but would be way too chicken to ride in traffic and with the crazy drivers you mentioned… I love springwater trail, if I had a whole commute like that I would do it! 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s why I changed my work schedule so I could leave work in the afternoon before traffic gets too bad!

  8. TJ

    I drive part way before I start biking as well (I have a pretty long commute). I recently picked up a Montague folding bike to make the whole process easier. I don’t need a bike rack anymore and I can just leave my bike in the trunk when I’m not using it. It can also make changing plan or meeting up with friends easier as I can put the folded bike in their trunk!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      What a cool idea! That would also be nice for traveling I think…

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