I recently pulled my old road bike out of mothballs (where it was for almost 14 years) and started riding it again. It's funny - I rode that bike for many thousands of miles back in the day, and it never bothered me all that much. But even back then, people used to say that I looked a little "scrunched" on it.
Last week I took it out, and DID feel scrunched. I have the seat back as far as it can go, and my legs fit the bike pretty well. But the seat to handlebar distance seems too short now (maybe I'm just used to my other bikes...).
I've always had the problem that my legs are shortish for my torso, so a bike that lets me stand over the bar comfortably will probably wind up being short in the top-tube. But I probably could have gone up 2 cm in the size without imperiling the boys overmuch, and the bike would have fit better overall.
But I own this bike, and would like to see if I could make it fit better. Would a set-back seatpost + maybe a longer stem do the trick? Or is riding a frame that's about 1" too small such a bad idea that I should try to sell the bike (I'd hate to have to do that - this bike has a lot of sentimental value for me) and get a bigger one?