Re: [CR]Update 10-28-04 Bike Count List

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Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 04:53:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Update 10-28-04 Bike Count List
To: "David G. White" <>,
In-Reply-To: <>

On the other hand, the heavy hitters may be "in denial" like with other forms of addition, or we just don't want our spouses to know for sure exactly how many too many bikes we have. So maybe some with the most bikes won't respond or will underestimate the number of bikes.


Jerry Moos in denial in Houston

"David G. White" <> wrote: This is interesting data, but I offer a caution about how one interprets it. From a statistical perspective this data is suspect because the respondents are self-selecting. In such circumstances the data can be distorted in subtle, but material ways. For example, what if on average CR members who have fewer bikes are reluctant to respond because of a feeling of inferiority? And perhaps those with many bikes are proud of their collections and thus more likely to respond. The obvious result would be an artificially skewed average that is higher than the actual average ownership among CR members as a whole.

That said -- I'm proud of my collection, so I responded!

David -- (Thank goodness my wife doesn't know how many bikes I really have -- Honest dear! Please believe me, I'm not in the top 5!) White Burlington, VT wrote:
>CR Members reporting: 124
>Total bikes: 1929
>Average per member: 15.56
>Top five: 105 (member with 90 found more bikes), 81, 76, 55, 51
>Any stragglers wanna jump aboard?
>Paulie Davis (
>Los Angeles