Heels on Wheels: Megan Dunlop

Photos by Molly Crealock
Story by Tammy Thorne

The first in a series of short interviews with Toronto’s fashionable pedal people.

Who : Megan Dunlop, actor and budding seamstress

Tricks : Wearing high heels while riding my bike. Sometimes the heels get scratched, or fall off. This is a problem. I’ve shown my bum a few too many times in a skirt.

Tips : I tie elastics around my skirt hems to keep them in and always use the ball of my foot to grip the pedal. It is actually easier to ride in heels than walk in them because you are sitting.

On coordinating : In the past when I rode a mountain bike I was aware that heels and sporty motif do not always work together. Besides being aesthetically unpleasant, heels in clips just don’t work.

On Fashionable safety gear : Lights! I do not wear a helmet, and that has to do with
100% vanity (and stupidity).

Favourite bike quote?

"I’ll tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood." ~ Susan B. Anthony 1896

Bike-y dreams and wishes?

I would love a bike lane on Queen Street. I would also like to start a women owned and operated personal shopping courier service, called “Heels on Wheels.” I can already picture the outfits!

Megan is posing with a 2008 3-speed Electra Amsterdam Sport available at Duke’s Cycle for $729.99

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See our Heels on Wheels from the second issue of dandyhorse here

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