I picked up a bike today at a Goodwill. I saw the Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub, made sure it worked, and then checked the tag. $25 for the whole bike isn't bad! I had to stop and pick up a crescent wrench from the neighboring Harbor Freight, but I was able to get it in the trunk with minor disassembling.
Once I got it home, I started trying to figure out what kind of bike it is. The head badge says "AMERICAN", and the chain guard says "sports three". So I searched and searched until I ran across a google image of what looks to be it. The Raleigh Sports Three. So I start getting excited and think to myself that I may have scored a Raleigh for $25! But the more I look at it, the less I'm convinced. I'll see what you guys think.
Looks legit, but nothing ever says Raleigh. I got to wondering if back when this bike was being sold that British was considered junk? I mean, I am in the heart of ignorance over here. So could the store trying to sell it give up and put some cheesy american crap all over it to sell?
But look at the "welds"!! Eew!
And this is the only stamp I could find. Sheldon Brown's website says it could be on the bb, seat tube, or dropout. That was their "Raleigh specific" section.
Some "american Hardware" sticker by the seat post:
On the forks: A, for 'murica.