You know, I was just thinking about something like this last week. The guys at CW&T have improved upon their Blockhead Stem design with an idea I’ve never seen before; an integrated cross brake lever. Here’s their description of the Blockhead Stem IB:
The Blockhead Stem IB is our Blockhead Stem with an integrated brake lever. The lever is tucked neatly into the stem and is just long enough for two fingers. We designed it to be used with a front brake so the cable can be cut really short and straight, eliminating friction within the brake cable housing.
Sometimes it’s nice to ride fixed with a front brake, but break levers tend to be massive, take up a lot of handlebar space, and have levers that are much longer than they need to be. Our solution is to make the lever part of the stem. If you despise your ugly massive brake lever, this one is for you.
We ride with these on our bikes all around NYC. We love them.
What do you guys think? I’d be interested in seeing someone’s improvements to the 3d file. Maybe I’ll mess around with it. Read up on the stem and the Creative Commons license for the stem design here, at CW&T.