'It's real steel, it's rim brake, and I love it': Tech writer Joe Baker has ditched super bikes for a 1990s race bike

A bike with serious character, and a build cost of under £500

Massi Mega Team Race Bike
(Image credit: Future (Joe Baker))

Given I'm a cyclist, my job puts me in an incredibly privileged position. Quite frankly, the opportunity to ride and test the latest and greatest technology from brands across the world really is special.

But when the clock chimes 5pm on Friday, I do remain a bike nut - though what I ride in my own time might come as a bit of a surprise. I'm pretty sure I am the only staff member at Cycling Weekly whose main road bike is actually older than them.

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.