So I just looked at a Recykabike old bike – an old Holdsworth from the few stickers remaining, road tourer with full mudguards, front and rear racks, bar end shifters, 6sp, Brookes saddle etc.
It doesn’t have a frame size, and felt a bit short…Is this normal on a road bike?
I think I need to go with my feeling on this one and pass up a great old bike..
If you’ve never been on a road bike (and i presume you’re not wanting to go to a shop, or waste a shop’s time with a fitting) then get it. Ride it a while, figure out how it would be more comfortbale. Change bits, change the frame, keep going until you’re comfy.
Should have a top tube equal to the seat tube for traditional geometry, so it is easy to measure. How tall are you? Old road bikes came in a LOT of sizes, like shoes, and stems were much more of a pain to change. A medium is about 55.5-56.5cm and it will probably be 72 degree parallel.
If it is just for a short commute then it really won’t matter.
An old rule of thumb for general riding was: put your elbow on the nose of the saddle. Your outstreatched fingers should just be touching the straights of the bars where the pass through the stem clamp.