Thanks for stopping by, and welcome to Cycling with heels! In case you’ve stumbled by and you’re wondering what it’s all about, I’ve put together a little Q&A for you.

So why’s it called Cycling with heels? Isn’t that a bit dangerous?

Well, no, not really. It’s cycling with heels, not cycling in heels. Not that I’m saying I don’t cycle in heels, just not very often…in fact not at all since I saw a fellow cyclist watch helplessly as her very lovely, high heeled slip-on shoe – which had slipped off in the middle of Kingsland High Street – got run over before she had chance to retrieve it. I value my shoes too much to risk that happening to them.

But anyway, getting back to the point. Why Cycling with heels?

I wanted a name that got across the idea that yes, this blog is about cycling…but it’s also about life. Specifically the places where the two collide. It’s my take on cycling in London, as a 30-something woman.

So while I may touch on some of the big issues in cycling – such as safety – I reserve the right to also write about helmet hair and whether it’s acceptable to turn up on a first date on my bike.

All, I hope, with wit, intelligence and eloquence.

There are loads of blogs about cycling in London. Why should I read yours?

Good question. Because it’s mine?

While I can’t promise that my blog will be better written, better informed or even more interesting than everyone else’s, I can promise it will be the only one written from my perspective. And I’d like to think that’s worth reading.

I’m also reasonably certain that it’s the only blog written by someone who cycles from Stoke Newington to Cricklewood and back again for work every day (although if there is someone else out there with the same commute, I’d love to hear from you).

Anyway, have a read. If you like what you see, let me know. Or – even better – tell your friends about it.

So who are you?

My name’s Jude and I’m a 30-something editor living, working and cycling in London.

Someone once told me that you never really own a bike in London – you just borrow one for a while. In that case, the bike I’ve been ‘borrowing’ for the past seven years – aka my trusty steed – is a lovely brown Specialized Crossroads Elite. I don’t see many other brown bikes on the road, so I guess it’s not a popular colour – which is perhaps why no-one’s nicked it yet. Anyway, despite it looking a little battered and being in almost constant need of attention, I do love my wheels and I would be gutted when someone else decides it’s their turn to borrow it.

When I’m not on my bike, I can usually be found at the theatre, writing, knitting, drinking the odd pint of cider at my favourite pub and dancing flamenco. Although perhaps not all at the same time.

If you want to contact me, just drop me an email: jude.burke@gmail.com

You can also find me on Twitter: @cyclingheels

Editorial policy: This blog is, first and foremost, about my experiences of cycling in London, and about cycling-related stuff that interests me. I don’t want it to turn into a vehicle for promoting other people’s stuff, but if I come across something I like and that fits with my take on cycling in London – be it an event, a show, a product, a cafe, whatever – then I’ll write about it. As an editorial policy, I appreciate that that’s somewhat vague. But if you have something you think I might be interested in, I’d love to hear from you.

A note on product reviews: yes, I do them, but only of products that fit with the overall ethos of the blog. If you’ve got something you’d like me to review, drop me an email.

22 thoughts on “About

    • Thanks! The red shoes in my photo are actually my rather battered flamenco shoes 🙂
      I just read and commented on your post about ‘Daphne’. Great post, and I look forward to reading more.

    • Thanks Caroline! Just had a look at your website, and I like it. The Belll looks really cool, which is not something I’d ever thought I’d say about the humble bike bell. The one I have at the moment is one of those retro silver coloured ones – I like the tinkling sound it makes when I ring it, but I don’t like the way it rattles every time I go over even the smallest bump in the road. Time to upgrade, I wonder?

  1. Hi Jude,
    I saw your post about your search for the perfect bike bag. Having cycled myself (with heels) for about 6 years around london I have also been searching for the perfect bike bag and fed up with the bad designs around, I decided to design my own and I thought you might be interested in taking a look (www.hillandellis.com). My email is hello@hillandellis.com – It would be great to see what you think.
    Happy cycling!

  2. Hi there, incredible blog! May I please have your email address? As I would like to invite you to represent the cycling community for an exciting bike ride/ event in London this weekend.

    • Thanks! I used to post more often but lately life stuff – such as preparing for my course – has somewhat taken over. I’m definitely going to try to get back into my old blogging habits now, though, as i think it’s a good complement to my course.

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