Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on borderbeat.net and is published here with the permission of the producer, UA Journalism Senior, Tyler Kurbat.

Wesley Weisheit is the face of Tucson rickshaw riding.

Of course, this wasn’t always the case.

From his childhood roots of piecing together scrap bike parts to later developing high-end parts used on space missions, Weisheit has come full circle, or perhaps more appropriately, he’s made the full cycle.

Nowadays, Weisheit has left the competitive, and often overly stressful, realms of precision machining and returned to his lifelong passion of cycling.

He’s a jewelry maker by day, and a rickshaw driver by night — either way, his love of riding fuels both drives.

This new endeavor has taken him all over the streets of Tucson, even to Burning Man and back.

Listen to Weisheit tell his story:

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Here’s a look at Weisheit’s rickshaw:

2 worlds collide; The Ride from tyler kurbat on Vimeo.

Take a ride with Weisheit around Tucson:

Cruising with Wesley from tyler kurbat on Vimeo.

Here’s an inside look at the jewelry making process, in Weisheit’s personal workshop.

Rickshaw rings n’ things from tyler kurbat on Vimeo.

Weisheit explains the working dynamic of using bicycle parts as an artistic medium.

Parts into Passions from tyler kurbat on Vimeo.

4 thoughts on “The face of Tucson rickshaws”
  1. Are those stolens with bike parts you’re using?  Btw, I make grills with carts from Walmart lots.

  2. Are those stolen bike parts you’re using?  Btw, I make grills made from carts from Walmarts.

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