I am a newb to owning a bike and am looking into all of the things you have mentioned. While I am in the midst of bike shopping, I am also looking into the safety equipment shopping too, helmet jacket, etc. I dont mean to Hi jack the thread, but where is a good place online to research jackets, gloves etc?
I would also suggest you go out and try some of the stuff on first! Not all companies size things the same and you could end up with something that is the wrong size. I found this to be true with both helmets and Jackets. Not saying to buy from your local shop if online is your thing, but they can fit you and asses your needs vs. wants.