In other scenes, Antonio and his wife pawning their bed linen to redeem the bicycle, Bruno giving the bicycle a good clean (again, the emphasis of the importance of the bicycle in how they value it through act of cleaning-taking good care of it), Antonio riding the bicycle to accompany his wife, Maria to return thanks to the seer, send his son then reporting for work (the many uses of the bicycle), etc. Additionally, from the point the bicycle is stolen, the movie is dedicated to following the whole process of looking for at the workshop, following the old man around, catching the thief but without evidence to the ending of Antonio attempting to steal it. In a way, this also shows that the bicycle is central to the story. It is very important to the family as it represents their livelihood and their chance of a better life.
Additionally, in one scene, Antonio is seen accompany his wife, Maria on the bicycle to return thanks to the seer. In this scene, the director is teasing us as we expect the bicycle to disappear when Antonio, out of curiosity, went to look what Maria is doing in the house.
The movie attempts to contrast the rich and the poor people in post-war Italy at that point of time. This is reflected in a few scenes.
Firstly, when Antonio went on his first day at work, as a poster-hanger, posting cinema advertisement, which is a large portrait of Rita Hayworth. This provides an ironic contrast between the world of Hollywood (representing the rich) and