Every once in awhile I come across a bike that stumps me. Here’s one:
It’s labeled a “Black Arrow” bicycle. Sounds very British-y, as there was a “Golden Arrow” by Raleigh. Many things about this bike say to me “old British three-speed”. But it doesn’t add up.
Take the fork. Looks like a Raleigh fork. But there’s no drilled hole for the brake.
Or the hub. This is a single-speed coaster brake hub. Not very British.
Or these dropouts. Crimped. Not something Raleigh was known for doing.
UPDATE 7/30/12: Eagle-eyed reader Romsby has let us know that this bike has been stolen since I snapped these shots. For more info, go to the Bikeportland stolen bikes listing.
UPDATE 8/21/19: Everything I know about this particular type of bike is in this post and/or already in the comments. Please, stop posting comments asking me to “tell me more info”. If you are so curious, do some research and come back with what you found.