Just got my hands on a '75 Fuji America but I'm not sure if it really fits me. It's my first road bike and things started off feeling very unnatural. I'm a week into riding and it's starting to feel better, but I'd rather know now if I'm adapting to a bike that will kill me on a month-long trip.
58cm frame seems small for a 6'1" guy (2" of standover clearance)
but top tube length is on par with the largest-size Trek 520
Height: 185cm = 6'1"
Saddle Height: 79cm
Frame: 58cm = 23" center-top
Top Tube: 58.5cm center-center
Chainstay: 43 cm
Standover: 84cm so 2" of clearance
Wheels/Rims: ISO 630mm (more than 700C = ISO 622mm)
Sheldon says top tube matters most so ... good?
Rivendell's chart says I should be riding a 60-63cm frame so ... bad?
But larger tires on '75 Fuji means smaller frame for taller bike so ... good?
Still, with the handlebar stem at it's min. insertion point, I've got 8cm = 3" vertical between the saddle and the bars. Looked in LBS and their road bikes are all set up this way, but I plan on touring and want to be comfortable.
So wise forum members:
A. Bike is too small. Get larger bike.
B. Frame is fine. Get longer stem; handlebars should be at least equal with saddle.
C. Bike is aces. You'll get used to, nay, grow to love low handlebars.
'75 Component Specs
Page from following year's Catalog: "bike designed especially for the long distance tourer or cycle camper with an eye on the budget but wishes no compromise on quality or performance"