No one I know uses helium!, there are some strange additives in cycle racing, helium isn't one of them!
As for training, yes, I do ride training wheels, but only because I don't want to ruin my expensive racing tubs, but I do about 95% of my training on my race bike, because specificity and adaption in position is much more important than having more resitance, if I want more resistance I just go faster
It's certain a game that gives you a "blast from the past" feeling, although, like you I felt the inclusion of "bosses" was very, very strange, Barrett wasn't too difficult to beat, but it was a very odd change of pace for the game.
I've put quite a few hours in so far, and I don't reckon I am even half way through, but enjoying it alot so far.
Yup, the law of diminishing returns, everyone who cycles knows that bike A isn't going to turn you into Bradley Wiggins, but bike A sure looks nice, and makes you feel good riding it, so thats all that matters
As for looking like a cock in lycra, meh, who cares, I certainly don't!!!, hopefully fuel prices will continue to rise, and said white van will no longer be a viable form of transport and the roads (and world) will be a much nicer place
As for disposable income, hell yeah, I am saving between £150-£200 a month on fuel, and that saving is only ever going to increase as fuel continues to rise.
Unstoppable was ok, but I just got a little sneaky feeling it was a litte but "trainspotter" geeky.
Watched Let Me In, and for a hollywood remake (read ripofff ), it was actually a very worthy remake that remained fairly true to the original, and hopefully opened the story up to a whole new audience.