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Tips for Commuting by Bike

Tips for Commuting by Bike

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. Biz

    My commute is now 30 minutes to get here, and up to 60 minutes to get home – I miss being able to ride my bike.

    Well, I used to ride my bike 3 miles to the train station, and then walk 30 minutes to my office building – I miss that extra exercise!

    Love all your tips though!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s nice, isn’t it? Now that I’ve commuted to work a few times I’m hooked. I wish I was in better shape to be able to do it every day, but I’m not there yet.

  2. Nikki

    COngrats on getting to ride! With having to commute during the middle of the day and under a time constraint, I just can’t do it by bicycle. Consider me jealous! As far as a bike fitting, how much weight should be on your hands? I am thinking I might need a bigger frame, bc to be any kind of comfortable, I have my back arched in a weird angry cat position, with most of my body weight on my hands/wrists. Am I doing it wrong? 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s a good question for Michael. Let me ask!

  3. Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner

    Fabulous advice, Lisa! I wish i were more of a biker, but Seattle (especially the area I live in) is just so hilly. So so hilly. I walk everywhere I can, so I absolutely support any time you can go carless 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Queen Anne area? Seattle is very hilly! I imagine cycling there would be difficult!

  4. cathy

    i always look forward to bike to work week! my friend I work with who is training for a marathon got me hooked on this new online community for fitness and lifestyle, i am not sure if you have heard of it yet called – i wanted to mention it since i just signed on yesterday and it’s great for learning exercises, tracking your own progress and motivate your friends.

    hi mom! 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Cool, I will check out that website! thanks!


    This is a great post. Because I ride downhill (and not so far) to work, I only bring a change of pants in my backpack. Then, when I arrive, I change my pants. When I get home (UPHILL) I change all of my clothes because I’m usually sweating through everything in the AZ heat!
    Assume cars don’t see you. That’s such a good point!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      So glad you checked out the post. I really hope it helps you!! 🙂

  6. Salina Bell

    That is great which you started to bicycle to work! Residing 28 kilometers from function, I’m not necessarily interested in cycling (yes it is an excuse! ). This sucks, though: “I’m not thinking about paying $50/month for things i would utilize as a bath facility.

  7. Andrew

    My workplace is only 3km away and takes literally only 5minutes to get there. There is a nice quiet lane that runs parallel to the main road, so I can push down as hard as i want and get to work in no time!

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