While trying to resolve a an arm "reach" problem on my bike, I read in my copy of "Bicycling's Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair" that (for a general guide line for stem length):
When you put the back end of your elbow on the most forward tip (nose) of your saddle the and extend your arm and hand the handle bars should be an inch from the tips of your fingers. If you race you'll be a little longer or if you like to ride more upright you'll be a little shorter.
I feel I am somewhat stretched reach-wise on my bike and when I tried this my fingertips were about 3.5 inches away from the bars.
Do any of you fall in the "one inch range" and if you don't about how far away from or close are you to handlebars, using the above described guideline?