Sunday, I rode my mountain bike in Chino Hills State Park. At 4 Corners I sat chatting with others. This guy comes up on a Specialized FSR Stumpjumper. On the side it said "TESTBIKE". One of the gentleman sitting with me asked the rider "so are you trying out the bike - what do you think?". The rider said "what?" Gentleman: "The bike, are you renting it for the day - it says 'TESTBIKE' on the side?"
The rider responded "no, no, that's the model. It's the kind of bike it is or something..." Yes or "something"...Clearly the rider had no clue as there is no Specialized "TESTBIKE" model and clearly it was add-on lettering, probably from a bike shop.
After the rider left I told the gentleman "isn't it weird the rider didn't know what model bike he bought (as generally people know this stuff)". The gentleman responded "I suspect because it is a stolen bike..."
Really is is possible that someone really thought "testbike" was the model name? Is is possible he didn't realize it was a demo bike used by a shop. Or is it possible he stole the bike?
Just kindof a weird encounter...