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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. Carbzilla

    PS. They’re very attractive.

    That’s about all the feedback I can offer. πŸ™‚

    1. Lisa Eirene

      And that’s all that matters. πŸ˜‰

  2. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    That’s awesome that you got clip ins! I’ve never ridden with them before so I’m looking forward to reading about your progress!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I hope I can write about positive progress, and not me crying on the side of the road unable to clip in! πŸ™‚

  3. Lisa

    I clip!! I love them and have them on my road bike and my mountain bike. I have made my mountain bike into a commuter bike by replacing the knobby tires with smoother ones, adding panniers and adding dual sided pedals. They are like regular pedals (without straps) on one side and clip-in pedals on the other. That way I can ride in regular shoes or cycling shoes. It’s a pretty great setup.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That sounds good. Any tips on learning how to clip in?

  4. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair

    Clipping in SCARES me so I haven’t gone that route yet! I have cages on my pedals which I like.

    This post was super informative though. Eventually I’d like to get clip-in shoes and pedals but I’m nervous especially since my commute to work is SO downhill, the idea of not being able to get my foot out seriously freaks me out!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      So far the clipping IN part is what scares me. Clipping out is EASY. Clipping in is super hard (for me).

  5. Lori

    You will get used to them. I have the same kind – the mountain shoes because we get off the bikes and walk around a lot.

    Take your bike to a doorway and prop yourself up in it. Then just clip and unclip over and over again. Or use your bike trainer. I find that angling my toes down and forward as I put my foot into the pedal helps them snap into place. Sometimes it takes me a couple of revolutions to get the foot clipped in, but that is okay. Most times no problem. Do you have the dual pedals?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes I think the pedals are dual. I will take a photo of them and post it. Thanks for idea. I will try angling my toes down next time.

  6. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds

    The two times that I’ve used my biking shoes with the clipless pedals, I’ve fallen. Practice on the grass, in a doorway, or on a trainer. Everyone falls at one point or another. πŸ™‚

    1. Lisa Eirene

      YIKES!!! Now I’m scared! πŸ™‚

  7. Julie

    You are going to LOVE your new shoes! They don’t take long to get used to at all. Now after saying that, I must tell you that this does not mean that 3 years from now and using them regularly, you won’t forget you are clipped in and fall over anyways =)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Hahaha I hope it’s easy and I hope I don’t fall over!!

  8. Cat

    I just got the same shoes!!! Except in the true road style, not mountain bike. I really, really love them already! And I agree they ARE cute! Definitely a key component in choosing shoes πŸ™‚ I got these because my other shoes were actually too narrow and I was experiencing numbness.

    I’ve found that with bike shops you need to be super clear that you do want their help. I think in towns like Portland or San Francisco, where i live, there are so many cyclists and most of the people that come in their shops DO know what they are looking for and don’t want much help. I’ve found that I get the best experience when I need help by being super open about that. “Hey, it’s my first time getting shoes! Please help!” I used to be crazily intimidated by bike stores, but the more into cycling I’ve gotten, the better it is. There is also a company in the Bay Area, Mikes Bikes, which has lots of female staff which I really appreciate. If it wasn’t for one of those rad girls helping me out early in 2010, I may have never bought my first “real” road bike!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You know, that’s an excellent point. All the other people that were shopping in the store clearly rode their bikes to the store and knew what they were looking for. I didn’t even think about that being part of it. It makes a lot of sense!

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