Obaji delivers letters, flowers, food and USB sticks, almost anything that can fit into his pack makes the cut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Beirut is barely made for walking and certainly not for biking, but 28-year-old Wissam Obaji and 22-year-old Zein Soubra don't mind. Indifferent to the city's notoriously hazardous traffic, Obaji and Soubra cruise next to cars all day in all weathers. Obaji is a veteran cyclist, having started riding at 2 years old. While he used to spend time on his bike in the mountains, sometimes covering over 200 kilometers in a day, Obaji now hits the streets daily. After a trial a few days later, Obaji immediately quit his job at the bakery and began cycling full time for Deghri Messengers – Beirut's first and only bike delivery service at the time.The pair delivered all sorts of items across Beirut and its surrounding areas until Deghri closed after four years.The closure of the small business left Obaji and Soubra unemployed, but not without their wheels. Obaji bikes anywhere between 30 and 120 kilometers in Beirut and surrounding areas on any given day.Sometimes, Soubra can be spotted cycling around the city on a circus-like "tall-bike".
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