Hi all , Im pretty new around here but I thought Id make a thread based upon my last week or two shopping for bike gear. It seems even more prominent after reading the locked bikebiz thread...... anyhoo.... This may interest some or it may not but I found it an interesting experience non the less. Here we go.. Im picking up my bike tomorrow , havent ridden for a good few years , thought Id get back into it. I found the right bike earlier than I thought I would so needed a full set of gear and needed it quick. For weeks now Ive been scouring the internet looking at comparisons and prices for just about everything. (all Australian based stores , btw). Tonight I bought it all , from real shops with real people in who have real advice and are real friendly!! I buy heaps of stuff online , all kinds of stuff from all over. Asia , USA , UK and here in my new home of Oz so I have zero qualms about buying anything online. Ive been an ebay and amazon.co.uk member for 10 years. I checked out some prices , reviews etc (and read alot of good info on here , so thanks for that) and pretty much decided what I wanted so decided to look at prices in Ringwood , Victoria. If anyone doesnt know there are a few places there in very close proximity to each other which , in general , is always good news for the consumer. I had a budget in mind and knew what it would have cost me to buy it all online , obviously taking a guess on how well it would fit , but nonetheless was prepared to buy it in a shop and was prepared to spend an extra 10% or so that I thought would be the difference between internet shops and real stores. Tonight I went into three stores on the Maroondah Highway and told the guys serving what I required. After some two-ing and fro-ing I decided what I wanted , and this is the result. Store one - Hornee cargos - $220 Knee and shin pads - Free Alpine stars GP Plus gloves - $199 Al[pinestars GPS 3 boot - $299 "We'll do it all for $670 , how does that sound" Lets compare this to: http://www.bikebiz.com.au/enter.html?lang=en-us&target=d73.html&lmd=39871.703299 And the boots http://www.bikebiz.com.au/enter.html?lang=en-us&target=p2856.html&lmd=39864.486308 Store Two - DriRider Jacket - $299 "I can give you it for $270" http://www.motorcyclemart.com.au/p/250266/dri-rider-climate-control-2-jacket.html (Its not quite the same , but its pretty close) Store Three - "Yeah , we got a sale on the helmets even though there is no sticker , we'll do you it for $419." http://shop.sydneycitymotorcycles.com.au/p/572630/shark-rsi-shuriken-wrk.html So there you go. I didnt bargain , I didnt haggle or even threaten to take my business elsewhere. I wanted what was right for me and the guys in the shop knew that too. I ended up getting exactly what I wanted , when I wanted it and at a decent price. I also know it looks good and I know it fits and it fits well. If you want dvds , xbox games and cool trainers from the US then shop online , you would be crazy not to!! If you want bike gear go to your local shops.