Mini-Bike Dreams: Reading the virtual community of Baby-boom era mini-bike enthusiasts forged by the publication Mini Bike Guide by Michael B. Kassel The University of Michigan-Flint Between 1969 and 1971, 541 readers, many of them adolescents, sent letters to the editor of Mini Bike Guide, a national magazine dedicated to the tiny, two-wheeled motorized vehicles for which it was named. While the magazine clearly existed to promote the sale and use of mini bikes, which were quite popular among baby-boom era adolescent males, its letters provide an interesting glimpse into the lives of baby-boom era youth. While some youthful readers asked the magazine for help in convincing their reluctant parents to buy them a mini bike, others looked to the magazine for advice on how to handle local law enforcement and government officials who posed restrictions on these noisy, dangerous vehicles. While it is often difficult to recapture the thoughts and feelings of children in their own words and time, these letters not only show how the mini-bike complicated relations between parent and child, but how it helped politicize a number of youths who struggled—and often failed—to change local laws. Whether or not the letters in Mini Bike Guide spoke for all of the three-million mini-bikers on American roads and trails by 1973, the magazine served as a virtual community in which writers of all ages discussed the dreams and realities of this baby-boom era material artifact.