Taking SCARY out of used bikes, one bike at a time.
A-Headset Stems need to be almost flush with the fork steerer tube. About a 3mm gap at most.
This stem top bolt was way over the steerer tube where it can fail. If you were riding this it could snap off or slip and lose steering.
The fix is replacing the headset spacer to adjust the height of the stem to ensure both stem bolts clam evenly to the steerer tube.
I’m super glad the previous owner didn’t get hurt and I was able to fix this for the next owner. This is defiantly something that you would miss if weren’t replacing the stem or know what to look for.