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:
Take a ride with Weisheit around Tucson:
Here’s an inside look at the jewelry making process, in Weisheit’s personal workshop.
Weisheit explains the working dynamic of using bicycle parts as an artistic medium.