Men in Skirts

There are many blogs about women biking in skirts and heels full of advice and tips. There are fewer about men biking in skirts and heels. Perhaps there is an underserved audience. Maybe men could also benefit from wearing skirts in traffic? So this week I conducted some undercover research to maybe offer some tips.

This research required I first dress like a man:

Men in Skirts

After which I dressed like a man dressed like a woman:

Men in Skirts

After which I got on a bicycle and explored Boston from a fresh perspective:

Men in Skirts

After which I determined that it was very unsafe.

Possibly because of the kiwis in my shorts.

But in an attempt to offset the issues I added a Red Sox shirt:

Men in Skirts

This did not help.

While Boston is pro-Red Sox, it seems they are not pro-woman-dressed as a man-dressed as a woman-dressed as a Red Sox fan.

So unfortunately my conclusion is that men probably cannot cash in on the Mary Poppins effect. The benefits for men biking in skirts are as follows:

  1. Your kiwis will feel breezy

And… that’s it.

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  • Kara September 21, 2011   Reply →

    This post is like an onion. A gloriously, layered hilarious onion.

  • notbikesnobnyc September 21, 2011   Reply →

    they do itch.

  • Alsachti September 22, 2011   Reply →

    Thank you for the joke!
    Last summer, on a very sunny and hot day, I had to go by bike to the “tree climbing adventure park” on the other side of the town. (I’m a man, by the way)
    I wore my sportkilt, and it was very comfortable, because temperatures were pretty high. And I had no difficulty biking with it (my kiwis are still there).
    When I arrived to the adventure park, I changed my clothes easily (no tree climbing with my kilt, of course). I just put my pants under my kilt, and then I removed my kilt.

  • Amy September 22, 2011   Reply →

    Hilarious!!! I sympathize with the kiwi bearers. My grapefruits sometimes itch too.

  • Jim September 22, 2011   Reply →

    Itch? Emollient.
    Bosox tranny? Don’t ask don’t tell.
    Male MP effect? Masshooliganism.

  • Benjamin Mako Hill September 22, 2011   Reply →


    I’m a man who rides in his kilt pretty frequently. It’s not without its risks or downsides but who doesn’t like breezy kiwis. 😉

    I also once wrote a page about how to ride a bike in a suit.

    • Chris March 2, 2012  

      I would love to read an article on how ride a bike in a suit.

  • Lovely Bicycle! September 24, 2011   Reply →

    1. You look hot as a cartoon transvestite. There, I said it!
    2. You have at least two male readers who wear kilts?…

  • Sam September 27, 2011   Reply →

    I’ve only seen kilt wearing men riding the bus, never on a bike here in San Diego.

  • SRD November 17, 2011   Reply →

    there are at least 3 guys who cycle in skirts in Edinburgh…not kilts. Lots more meninkilts than meninskirts

    • Spytfyre Maninkilt November 17, 2011  

      Hello SRD!
      Fancy meeting you here.
      Yes you are right about that.


  • Papa Bear December 8, 2011   Reply →

    Many have been Kilt for calling it a skirt! 😉

  • Winter December 29, 2011   Reply →

    Hi Miss Bikeyface,

    Your blog is pretty awesome but I want to point out something about this entry.

    I’m a trans woman who rides a bike everywhere in Boston.

    While to you the kind of harassment you depict in panel 3 (which led you to the conclusion that riding that way is “very unsafe”) is a somewhat humorous sort of danger that you can easily avoid, this is the kind of harassment I experience on a daily/constant basis while riding a bike. You have expressed in a number of your entries that car drivers put you in harm’s way by driving dangerously or generally being assholes, but imagine how much more danger you would be in if you were also at constant risk for transphobic assault, like I am. You treat it as a joke, but it’s real violence that I have to deal with.

    In short, you are really close to saying something that actually needs to be said, which is that people with oppressed/marginalized genders are attacked and harassed while riding bikes.

    So, yes, being gender variant on a bike is very unsafe. And I am that much more badass than every dude-biker out there because of it.


  • zenriver January 10, 2012   Reply →

    ride on, @Winter !

  • Jason November 21, 2013   Reply →

    These are awesome! I’m glad to see your keeping busy in the art world and have found something your passionate about, it clearly shows in the work. I hope everything has been good with you.

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