Horizontal lines on handlebar stem

John1234

New Member
Hi. I recently purchased a folding bike which I'm in the process of converting to electric. I'm a tall guy and I've raised the handlebars as high as they will go. I've noticed there's some engraved horizontal lines on the handlebar stem, which is height-adjustable, and i'm trying to work out why these lines are there. I don't know if they are minimum insert lines or something else. I'm basically trying to work out if I can raise the handlebars higher than the insert level where these lines are. Anyone got any ideas on what these lines are for? I've attached a couple of photos showing the lines and where they are. Many thanks guys.
 

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Loch side.
Can't see. Does your camera have a focus feature?
 
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John1234

New Member
Thanks for your replies. There's no wording at all, just these horizontal engraved lines of which there are eight. The first photo I provided gives a basic view of these lines, but I realise the photos are not the clearest. I'll try to get a better photo later today.
 

u_i

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Location
Michigan
You can presumably pull out the stem completely and examine what the situation is. Logically some safety marking should be there and if there is no other what you see now should be this. Also the amount of stem-steerer overlap should make sense - you do not want the material to fail during riding. Don't expect a lot of adjustment margin there and you may consider a steerer extender tube.
 
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