Text by Fabio Finotti – Director of the ICI in New York – on the bicycle revolution. Since its advent, bicycles have never been just bicycles, but a promise of freedom, a dream of progress, an instrument of emancipation for subordinate social groups. For women in the 19th century, bicycles were the first chance to take full control of their own movement, and one of the first revolutions in women’s clothing came as a response to those who opposed this revolutionary freedom. In the 20th century, bicycles became the embodiment of the Futurist myth of speed and the fusion of man and machine: a technological version of ancient mythological semi-human creatures, such as centaurs, satyrs, and the natural god Pan himself. Finally, after World War II, bicycles became the daily means of transport for the working class, and cycling – a sport made of labor and endurance – became the symbol of the class of common people who made the economic rebirth of the country possible with their hard work.