Hey Sam, good looking conversion. You went thru basically the same thing I did. I have the Topeak MTX BeamRack and carry a water bladder, keys, phone and spare tube with tools in mine and wouldn't ever go back to water bottles. I also have the Y26 and finally upgraded about a year ago to drop bars and 9 speed but also went with the 11/34 and upgraded the chain rings to 26/39/50 a lot like Charles. You will love this bike the more you ride it. I am in the process of converting now to 700 so stay tuned. Pictures to follow.