I was enjoying the commute home this evening so much I couldn’t resist shooting a few pandas. The rains are coming back tomorrow, but we’ve been soaking up as much sun as we can by doing a lot of riding during this beautiful stretch of weather. We don’t mean to rub salt in the wounds of the folks who are snowed in; we’re just sharing a little bike joy.

14 Responses to “Panda-monium”

  • paul says:

    California weather….*sigh*.

  • Jason says:

    You give us hope of warmer days. Great shots.

  • John Lascurettes says:

    And here I thought it was going to be a review of the Renovo Panda and I was all excited.

    Absolutely gorgeous weather in Portland today. Rode home in shorts even after sunset.

  • Alan says:

    “And here I thought it was going to be a review of the Renovo Panda and I was all excited.”

    They keep promising and I keep waiting… :-)


  • Robert Frith says:

    At the risk of displaying my ignorance, why panda? I’ve been trying to figure out the etymology of the word in this context. Is it because in shooting a self portrait on a bike you become an endangered species?

  • Alan says:


    Here you go:

    Look down the page under “About Panda Portraits”.

  • Doug R. says:

    My Raleigh super course agrees! Great weather and riding!!!! : )

  • Phil Barns says:

    There is not much of an option across the pond: we have roughly a fortnight of sunshine and relatively high temperatures ( spread out over two months ) before several months of rain. This becomes colder towards the end of the year, sometimes freezes, and warms up around March. That’s why Finish Line Dry chain lube doesn’t sell in the UK, but their degreaser goes as fast as the LBS can stock it *grin* Fortunately, I love autumn.

  • Tamia Nelson says:

    Thanks for the appetizer, Alan. I’ve been missing panda shooting, what with the poor roads encouraging prudence. So, I’ve been trying pandas when hiking. Not nearly as much fun as when cycling, and a lot harder to get a great shot.

  • Chad says:

    What type of stem do you have on your LHT? I have been looking all over for a silver 1 1/8″ stem and have come up with only two, a VeloOrange stem and a Nitto stem. Is it one of those?

    Check out our website, documents a brief tour through South Eastern Europe.

    Love your site and your panda portraits

  • Alan says:


    That’s the stock stem that comes as part of the LHT complete build.


  • Paul says:


    Just wondering, what bike is that, Surly …..?

  • Alan@EcoVelo says:

    Hi Paul,

    That’s a Surly Long Haul Trucker.


  • Paul says:

    Brilliant, thanks very much. I’ve been looking for a good tourer/general run around bike for the last while now, this seems to fit the bill. Now to get one to Dublin…..

    How do you find the stock build btw? You’ve made some really nice changes, I’m loving the front porteur rack. Is that Velo Orange?



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