Bianchi, the world's oldest bicycle manufacturing company, is still in existence. It was in the year 1885 when Edoardo Bianchi, then 21 years old, started his enterprise as a bicycle manufacturer in his little shop at via Nirone in Milan. Edoardo's deep, innovative zeal distinguished him above all others constructors of his era. His first idea, conceived those 125 years ago, was to reduce the diameter of the front wheel and balance the gap of the motion with the application of a chain, and then to lower the height of the pedals. "Safety" was born: a safety cycle and the very first modern bicycle. One of the main advantages of this new means of transport was stability: no acrobatics were needed to keep balance. Then Edoardo designed a similar vehicle, whose wheel diameter was further reduced and which had both front and rear wheels almost of the same size. Italy had the manufacturer that would mark Italian bicycle production all through the century.