The bicycle’s technical evolution and symbolic power are soon to be celebrated in Cycle Revolution at London’s Design Museum

“The bicycle is a great good,” said Samuel Beckett, the cycling enthusiast who also wrote some plays, “but it can turn nasty, if ill-employed.” Well yes indeed. Bikes can be vehicles for ET or Lance Armstrong. They played a part in the emancipation of women and of people who couldn’t afford horses or cars. They can be emblems of right-thinking, environmentally friendly city government or the weapons of self-righteous, passive-aggressive machismo.

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