Ya. Sometimes the smaller shops have the best sales persons and prices. Argyll is good, lots to select from.. over all the best of places I have been in edmonton so far. Where as blackfoot is well known for dumb sales persons, with an attitude.. Havent been around to calgary shops much..
Keep an eye out on kijiji for everything except for helmets. I’ve had good luck on ebay with those, although I think that there won’t be many deals until the Snell 2010 standard gets obsolete in 2015. With luck you could still find some snell 2005 standard closeouts.
When it comes to buying gear, if you’re ordering from Parts Canada, most places have the same prices so it’s all a matter of finding a place with good sales staff. In Edmonton Argyll has the largest accessories department and since their management change their staff have improved. I’ve been going to Scona Cycle for 10 years now because of the great service I’ve always received, although their accessories department is not as flush with stock as Argyll.
I would say it may be worth your while to stop in at Turple Brothers in Red Deer if you’re passing through. A riding buddy goes through there often and each time he stops in there’s always deals to be had.