Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Bikes: Rebel Cycles Trike, Trek 7500FX
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Glad you're enjoying your new bike! It's a nice one, for sure.
For storage, I'd recommend a rack and a rack bag. Perhaps a bit heavier than a seat-mounted bag, but also more practical. Another thing to look into is the lowracer panniers from Radical Designs. They work well with AB bikes and trikes.
If you're going to be parking in the rain, there's no need to remove the seat pad. Just go out to a backpacking/hiking store and get a backpack rain cover. I use one to protect my seat when it rains, and it works well.
As for mounting a water bottle, it's easy to do with a few hose clamps and some heat shrink tubing. Get two pipe clamps that match the diameter of the frame, and about a foot of 1/2" heat shrink. Shrink the heat shrink onto the clamps, so that all but about 2" is showing. Place the water bottle cage where you want it, then clamp it down with the hose clamps. That's the general idea, I'm sure you can figure out the rest.
Oh, and there are other places to get a Ventist-type seat pad... *hint*