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    John Deere 3 speed.

    OK so it's not exactly a classic but it is old. I just traded this seemingly unridden (still has tangs and molding flash on original tires) John Deere for some stuff out of my store. I know it's one of the first Taiwanese bikes imported and is low end bike boom stuff. This one looks to be in great shape under 40 years of sundry basement dust. My wife may even like this one. Will post cleaned, polished and serviced pics when done.

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    Hope it runs like a deer, and not like a tractor! Have fun with it.
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    Now you just need to locate those rare optional PTO attachments. Mower deck, sickle bar, auger...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjvw View Post
    Now you just need to locate those rare optional PTO attachments. Mower deck, sickle bar, auger...

    I was thinking manure spreader but yeah you need a PTO for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jjvw View Post
    Now you just need to locate those rare optional PTO attachments. Mower deck, sickle bar, auger...

    I was thinking manure spreader but yeah you need a PTO for sure.
    I thought I had seen it all until I saw an Amish man on a horse drawn carriage in a field in Lancaster PA with a gas engined manure spreader. Definitely a strange sight.
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    Those have some collector value outside of the bike community (i.e. JD tractor enthusiasts). I'd sell it on ebay and buy a nicer bike.

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    Deere started making bikes in 1895 those along with your 70's vintage 10 and 3 speeds have a small but loyal cult following.

    This little guy has almost convinced me to start a JD collection


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    Quote Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
    I thought I had seen it all until I saw an Amish man on a horse drawn carriage in a field in Lancaster PA with a gas engined manure spreader. Definitely a strange sight.
    As long as the motor isn't driving the vehicle, motors are fine. Gasoline powered washing machines and such. I grew up in Amish country. I realize this post is off topic; It seems to be my forte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wisco View Post
    Those have some collector value outside of the bike community (i.e. JD tractor enthusiasts). I'd sell it on ebay and buy a nicer bike.
    I've seen those bikes languish on upper midwestern craigslist boards for a long time, even when priced where they should be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
    As long as the motor isn't driving the vehicle, motors are fine. Gasoline powered washing machines and such. I grew up in Amish country. I realize this post is off topic; It seems to be my forte.
    Same here.

    One of the most novel things I saw was an Amish upholstery shop. A gasoline engine outside one end of the building ran a belt up to a pulley on a shaft about 8' above ground level. On the inside of the shop the shaft ran the length of the building, with a separate pulley and belt running down to each sewing machine.

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    Paired his and hers on PDX CL for $500.


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    It may be that at some point in the distant past, JD actually built bikes, but any John Deere bikes of the modern era are brand licensed. John Deere is one of the most licensed brands ever, surpassed only by Harley Davidson I believe.
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    I have spoken.

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    Sweet bike. Can't quite say what I like about it but if it were a man's I'd be tempted to make it a fixy or something silly like that.
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    I think it woudl be sweet to build one up all Campy, alloy wheels & all then show up at a group ride in a full JD kit ( cut off Levis and a Tractor Supply T-shirt)

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    What helps this one with the JD fans is the color. The 10 speed was black, 5 speed white, 3 speed classic JD green and yellow for the muscle bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
    I think it woudl be sweet to build one up all Campy, alloy wheels & all then show up at a group ride in a full JD kit ( cut off Levis and a Tractor Supply T-shirt)
    I was tempted to 10 speed it using a parts Fuji s10-s I have in the garage, including drops and barcons. It is in too good shape for this though as it is
    I'm sure unridden

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    I put a John Deere colour scheme on this bike just for a lark.

    Gearhubs demystified and other cool stuff.


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    I saw a gents version exactly like yours at a garage sale a couple of years ago. I have almost gone back a few times to see if it sold. I think they were asking $30.00


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    Looking into the Ann Arbor Bicycle Show, I ran across this specialist.
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    it is a good looking bike.
    My name is Michael, and I am a recovering bike addict, It has been 11 months since I purchased a bicycle for myself..
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    I like it.

    I'll bet it would look better if you could remove the pants guard from the crank. It screams bike boom.

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