Thank you for the ideas, Paul; I will consider them. I really like the idea for the water bottles and must think that through.Splendid effort !
Why not cut the 3" out between the front wheel and chain rings ?
Will make it a bit easier to move around and shorten the swinging bit at the front ? [ I know it is NOT MBB but the front pedals still swing around the head tube , caught me out a couple od times and pedals and wheel has different arcs ? ]
For the water bottle's hows about a couple of mounts under the front seat pointing slight up and outwards ? [ i.e @ 90' to seat ?]
You have probably does this ? however it would be a more relaxing ride if the end of the bars were angled upwards and slightly forward ?