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I founded my software company, Elfring Fonts Inc, in 1980. We are global suppliers of bar code and MICR printing software and bar code scanners. Over 75% of the U.S. Fortune 100 companies use one or more Elfring Font products. We also sell UPC codes at My Bar Code Store.

I have B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering, plus an MFA in Ceramics. I have one patent, have written several books and numerous magazine articles.

I have been developing and selling software electronically since 1979, using the first BBS system to start. I joined the Association of Software Professionals in 1989, was elected to the ASP Board of Directors in 1991, and was elected Chairman of the ASP Board of Directors in 1992. I joined the Software Industry Awards Foundation board of directors in 1998, which hosts the Software Industry Conference each year. I am also a founding member of the European Software Conference, which began in November of 2000.


Jul
18
comment Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?
I have used both look (10 yrs) and SPD (15 yrs). (Not SPD-SL) First, for SPD I always get double sided pedals, so there is never a problem getting my second foot in. I don't even think about it. My foot just clips in. I never rotate the pedal or worry about it being angled down. Second, you can walk in SPD shoes, something you can't really do with Look. That's why I switched from Look to SPD.
Jul
7
comment Warranties on cycling clothing in the event of a crash?
In the US, protective clothing and equipment is often designed to be destroyed in the process of protecting you. A warranty claim for replacement of that protective item could only be made if it did not fail as it was supposed to. But if it did not fail, there would be no need for replacement.
Jul
3
comment How should I transport Cannondale Bad Boy 5 INSIDE a BMW 4 Series Coupe?
Hitch pin locking bolt: amazon.com/Curt-Manufacturing-22321-Anti-Rattle-Hollow/dp/…
Jul
3
comment How should I transport Cannondale Bad Boy 5 INSIDE a BMW 4 Series Coupe?
I have added hitch receivers to both my Audi and Infinity cars. The hitch installation is substantially cheaper when you specify no electrical wiring. In addition, with 1-1/4 inch hitches you need to purchase an aftermarket "locking pin" ($10). The locking pin bolts the bike rack to the hitch making the entire unit much stronger. Finally, hitches for modern cars are specific to each model car. There is essentially only a single hitch for an Audi A6. Don't get it installed by the car dealer, who probably installs 2 or 3 a year- go to a company that specializes in installing trailer hitches.
Jul
2
comment How should I transport Cannondale Bad Boy 5 INSIDE a BMW 4 Series Coupe?
Adding a 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch (without wiring) to a modern car is not that expensive I paid $150 for mine. The actual bike carrier cost less than $100 and seems way more reliable than the trunk mounted systems. I can also still open my trunk with a bike on the rack.
Jun
16
comment Carbon Fiber vs. Aluminum
If this is your first road bike make sure you buy from a store that will fit the bike to you. For long rides bike fit is very important. (and just being able to stand over the top tube is not fitting a bike)
May
27
answered Is there a way to make activity wristbands read bike rides more accurately?
May
25
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May
19
comment Planet Bike speedometer won't reset
Put a new battery in it. That will reset the computer and fix any power related issues.
May
1
comment What is the lifespan of a typical road tire?
I keep a mileage log for each of my road bikes. For a typical 700x23 road tire (R2) running at 110 - 120 psi I replace the rear tire at 2,000 miles and the front tire at 2,500 - 3,000 miles.
Apr
18
comment Are there sirens/horns that are like a car horn?
The Kickstrarter horn I mentioned also accepts a remote switch. I built my own rather than wait for the Orp people to get around to it. I have a switch located next to my brakes that's easy to hit and give only the friendly sound.
Apr
17
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Apr
17
comment Are there sirens/horns that are like a car horn?
I use a bike horm from another Kickstarter project. It has a friendly sound and a very loud beep: kickstarter.com/projects/2008278958/…
Apr
10
comment Is there a polite way to take the centre of the road without antagonizing motorists?
The answer also depends on what city you live in. Bike friendly cities generally have stricter rules. In my city, Chicago, we have parallel parking on virtually all streets and marked bike lanes on many streets that run right next to those parked cars. The current penalties for "dooring" a cyclist is a $500 fine (set to go to $1,000 shortly) and you are responsible for all damage and medical costs. In Chicago, motorist are generally pretty forgiving of cyclists, but blocking them is not considered a good idea.
Apr
2
answered Headwind when riding in a loop
Mar
20
answered If a lane is going to expand should the left lane be taken prior to the expansion?
Mar
19
answered Cycle tyre and tube burst
Mar
19
answered Speed and comfort of a racing bicycle?
Mar
13
comment Transition between hybrid bike and endurance road bike
Aside from all the answers here, your title has one thing no one mentioned. Endurance You need to develop the ability to pedal for hours on end, eating and drinking while riding.
Mar
10
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