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Moto Photo: The Pano iPhone Panoramic Photo App

My iPhone is like nerd crack. It’s always in my pocket, even the one on my motorcycle jacket.

I shamelessly noted before that one of the only reasons I got an iPhone was for the Hipstamatic app. In the 6 months that I’ve had the phone now I’ve accumulated quite a few other camera apps as well. One of the more recent purchases was Pano.

Pano allows you to stitch together photos to create a panoramic image right on your phone. With minimal patience, you can put together a kick-ass panorama.

You have to be mindful of lining up the image on the screen when you’re shooting or you are susceptible to defying the laws of physics with your photo. At first you might not notice these types of anomalies. But even when you do – they just might not bother you that much.

You can see the light bending at the stitch points:

In this pic on the left, you can see the ghost edge of the tree branches:

Even with their (user) errors, I still like the pictures.

Soth at Steady on the Humble has a new masthead image of his bicycle in the snow on the Brooklyn Bridge which was shot with Pano. Can I get an amen for how great this pic is?

In the last few months I’ve taken hundreds of photos. In that same period of time, I’ve made about 15 phone calls. I almost wish this device was called something other than a “phone”.

Do you use your phone to take photos when out on the bike or are you a die hard digital camera user?

GoPro Hero: A Chesty Motorcycle Video on a Winter Day

When Kenny came home from grabbing breakfast on Sunday morning, he found me outside shoveling the remaining snow away from the front of our garage door.

As he walked up the driveway he looked at me, chuckled and said, “where are you going?” I was of course was shocked by his inference and the look on my face told him just that. The nerve! Can’t a girl shovel the remaining snow out of the driveway just to be helpful?

The answer to that question would be… No. There was only about 10 feet of snow on the ground standing between me and going out for a ride. It would have been criminal to waste a perfectly good free afternoon doing something absurd like cleaning or laundry. So, I shoveled.

And His Partner is Chest Rockwell

Jack Horner: Do these characters have a name?
Dirk: The guy’s name is Brock Landers.
Reed Rothchild: And his partner is Chest Rockwell.

Kenny got a Chesty chest mount for his GoPro Hero camera this Christmas. Being the chestiest person around here (and I do rock it well), I figured I would be the perfect candidate to take it out for it’s inaugural ride.

The view from Chesty is pretty solid and doesn’t come across as jittery. Even when jumping up and down and shakin’ what your mama gave ya in your boyfriends face. There also seemed to be less wind noise on the audio but that could be attributed to me moving fairly slowly on the wintery streets.

If you are inclined to ride in a crouched position then this particular mount might not serve you well. Also, if you are used to riding with a helmet mount, you might miss the “seeing what I see” point of view as you turn your head.

All in all, I find this particular mount to offer a nice point of view with a steady picture. It’s a great addition to all of the other mounting points like the fork leg, anywhere the suction cup will mount and the tried and true helmet mount.

It also gives boys and girls an actual reason to blatantly stare at your headlights. Win!

Chesty Point of View:

I wonder how it does being worn backwards, shooting the riders behind you? Hmm… I may just have to get out for another ride pronto!

Wishes Do Come True – REV’IT Motorcycle Socks

You never really know who is reading your blog, do you?

In a completely unexpected turn of events, I was contacted on Twitter by Anthony at Revzilla asking me if I’d gotten the REV’IT socks that were on my Christmas wishlist.

Of course, like any normal (read: skeptical) person I figured they were trying to sell me something. But as it turns out, that wasn’t the case. Anthony, you know – the guy in all their product videos – said he was a fan of my blog and would be happy to send me a pair.

Uh… what?! Really? I don’t know why, but I’m always shocked to find out people actually read my blog. :lol:

A few days later 2 pairs of REV’IT socks showed up; 1 pair of Tour Summer and 1 pair of Tour Winter.

Revzilla did not ask for a review or a blog post or any other thing in exchange for the socks. They just… sent them and said Merry Christmas. Holy crap!

Having actually shopped their online store a few times; each being a good experience, I’m happy to tip my hat to them and to say – Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You made me a very happy girl.

Now if only these 2 feet of snow outside would melt I could give my new socks a whirl!

Washing My REV’IT Sand Textile Motorcycle Pants

By the time Kenny and I got home from our New Years day loop around Manhattan, we were covered in a manky layer of road filth. With temperatures rising to the upper 40’s in the morning, there was a serious melt happening around New York City. Our gear was covered in funky gray water stains, salt and dirt that sprayed up from the roadways.

One Giant Leap for Mankind

Now, you might say that buying light colored textile motorcycle gear isn’t exactly the best choice for looking clean all the time. But, you know? I just don’t care. I love the color scheme of my REV’IT Sand gear.

When I first got my fancy get-up, someone said that I looked like an astronaut. I don’t know why but I kind of love that. Do they make a NASA-themed helmet?


In an effort to not look like a greasy dirtbag all the time, I have washed my gear twice now since early summer. I was more than a little leery of throwing it directly in to the washing machine. The idea of destroying my super shiny reflector strips, ruining the seams and generally cocking up my jacket and pants didn’t really appeal to me. So, I opted for hand washing both times.

I filled up my bathtub with warm water and dropped a few scoops of Oxyclean in as it was filling. It created a bubbling roux for me to throw the gear in. I pulled out their liners and dropped my pants in, letting them soak for a few minutes.

With a little gentle rubbing with a soft sponge, the dirt disappeared. I tried to be mindful of avoiding the reflectors and any of the printed badging. I then left them soaking for about 10 minutes.

I let the water out of the tub, stretched the pants out and let the shower run to rinse them.  They were then hung up to drip dry.

So How Did They Come Out?

They look great! I’m super-happy with the results. There was no visible damage to the pants and they look nice and clean again. The Oxyclean even removed some small grease spots.

This was the first time I was excited about having done laundry. Ever.

Your Mileage May Vary

I have no idea if Oxyclean is bad for your garments. Use this process at your own risk. I’m simply reporting what I did and the results.

Christmas Swag: I Got Street Wheels for My DRZ

If I ever complain my deliciously wonderful boyfriend doesn’t listen to me when I talk, kick my ass. Please.

During the summer, I had often commented that having street tires would be a hoot on the DRZ. So being the super-awesome man that he is, this year for Christmas Kenny got me a set of Warp9 wheels and a new dash computer for my DRZ. He’s such a gem.

Now, I can swap between my street and dirt wheels. Whose got two thumbs and is excited? ::::Thissssss girl:::

On top of that,… I got motorcycle socks! See what I’m saying? A gem! I think I’ll just have to keep him.

How about you? Did you find any motorcycle stuff under your Christmas tree?