Our History

Talbot's Toyland opened for business in San Mateo in 1953. Over the years the business has evolved from a neighborhood toy store to a specialty store servicing the general toy, juvenile, hobby and bicycle needs of the San Francisco Peninsula.

In the early 70's, Talbot's expanded into a full-scale, full service bicycle shop, representing quality bikes from Motobecane of France, ItalVega, Bottechia, Legnano of Italy, Don Farrell of England, Mondia Cycles of Switzerland. And our exclusive relationship with Ugo DeRosa of Cusano Milanino was formed to offer his exotic hand-built racing cycles to North America.

As mountain biking became popular in the early 80's, Talbot's offered Gary Fisher cycles when they were being built by Tom Ritchey. Specialized Bicycles began marketing their still popular Stumpjumper and Rockhopper all terrain bicycles. Talbot's was one of the first shops to be onboard with the revolutionary all aluminum bicycles from Cannondale.

BMX bikes have always been a mainstay at Talbot's. From the days of SE Racing PK Rippers, Quadangles, FMF Aluminum Race Frames, Pattersons and GT Mach One bicycles to the current race, freestyle and dirt jumpers from Redline, Haro and Diamondback, Talbot's has the gear to keep you airborne.

For the last 48 years we've enjoyed being in the forefront of the bike industry, representing the finest bikes and accessories for all aspects of cycling. And most of all, enjoying the relationships developed with our customers over the years. Children that we helped wean off their training wheels are now bringing their own kids in for their first bikes.

It is a fun and rewarding business. We sincerely appreciate and thank you for your support all these years and sharing your cycling experiences with us. 


Gary Moore
Talbot's Cyclery