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Allez is a good choice. Cannondale will give you a free Garmin computer with the purchase of certain models. You need to ride a few different frames with different geometries to see what suits you best. Also ride a few groupsets. You will likely decide weather you prefer shimano to sram or vise versa. Don't settle. Don't buy the bike if you aren't crazy ...
You have a price range. Find the items within that range that you can buy, research their components and frame materials. Tke the ones that do best in your comparison for test rides, and buy the one that you liked riding best.
For most of your ?s, I would use visual inspection. If you always check your chain for wear, the chain rings and cassette will last a long time. Some brake pads, rotors and rims have waer indicator guides built into them. Fork is greased, not oiled. Fork is inspected for cracking, a weak point is below the crown. Frame should also be inspected for ...
Many decent hardware stores (at least in the US) will also carry them. Look in the fastener section of the store, where I usually find them is in the collection of small boxes that holds all of the oddball hardware.
Well, it depends… Would you be happier cleaning a bunch of stuff out and getting a shiny new bike that reflects all you've learned? One that will "just work," or Would it be a fun project to build up a bike from scratch? Would it feel good to know that you'd "built it yourself?" Do you have the time for the project? Is it ok with you to get stuck and make ...
Having spent years figuring out that I was riding bikes too big for me, I'd have to agree with commenters above about the frame size. A crappy bike that's the right size, or even a little too small, is way easier and more fun to ride than a sweet bike that's too big. Also, in my town -- Vancouver, BC -- that's already a commuting bike. Different handlebars ...
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