This is a book of American roads, for men who travel on the bicycle. Its ideal is that of a gazetteer, a dictionary, a cyclopaedia, a statistical guide, a thesaurus of facts. The elaborateness of its indexing shows that it is designed less for reading than for reference, — less for amusement than for instruction, — and debars any one from objecting to the multiplicity of its details. No need exists for a weary wading through the mass of these by any seeker for special knowledge. The information which he wants can be found at once, if contained in the book at all ; and the pages which do not interest him can be left severely alone.
Kron K., Ten thousand miles on a bicycle, Lyman Hotchkiss Bagg, 1887