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Varia RTL510 Radar Tail Light Bundle
Let's face it, road cycling isn't getting any safer with more drivers on the road and more distractions that prevent you from getting noticed. Being more alert and making yourself more visible are the two best ways to stay safe and with the Varia RTL510 Radar Tail Light Bundle from Garmin, it helps in both areas both. It provides you with both visual and audible alerts, with the included handlebar-mounted radar display unit giving you with a warning of approaching vehicles from up to 140 meters away. Its seatpost mounted tail light is visible during the daylight from up to a mile away with its 65-lumen flash and in a 220-degree range that changes it flash as vehicles approach, helping capture the driver's attention.
This bundle package includes the dedicated radar display unit and can also wirelessly integrate, via ANT+, with compatible Garmin devices. It provides three colors based on the road conditions behind you, a green light means no cars are present, an amber light signals that a vehicle is approaching, and a red light signifies that a vehicle is approaching at high speed and to take caution.
The battery last between 6 to 15 hours depending on flash or solid mode and the included charger makes topping off the battery with any USB port and easy affair. The system has an IPX7 waterproof rating so if you get caught in the rain, a situation where the light is really needed, you can rest assured that the electronics will be safe.
- A smart tail light and radar that responds to approaching vehicles
- Built-in radar covers 140 meters of road
- Changes flash as motorists approach
- Alerts you of upcoming vehicle's speed
- Day flash can be seen up to a mile away
- Communicates vehicle positions with compatible Garmin head units
- Item #GRM009G
- Power Source
- rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
- Batteries Included
- solid, night flash, day flash
- [solid] 20, [night flash] 29, [day flash] 65
- up to a mile
- Burn Time
- [solid] 6hr, [night flash] 6hr, [day flash] 15hr
- [light] seatpost, [radar display] handlebar
- Varia RTL510, radar display unit, mounting kit, cables, instructions
- 98.6 x 19.7 x 39.6mm
- Claimed Weight
- Recommended Use
- commuting, road cycling
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 1 year
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What do you think about this product?
May 8, 2020
- I've put it through the wringer
I ride rural roads, often by myself. I hate that feeling when a car passes you that you just didn’t know was there. That has not happened since I got the Varia radar. It picks up every car & motorcycle approaching from the rear. Sometimes b/c of wind or road noise I don’t hear the beep, maybe a quarter of the time, but it was easy to get into the habit of glancing at the screen regularly. It does have some limitations on rollers. It will lose a car behind a hill, but b/c it already let me know the car is there, it’s not a big problem. In the hills I can usually hear a car before the radar “sees” it, but on the flats it lets me know a car is back there way before I can hear it. I definitely feel way safer out there on the roads.
May 4, 2020
- I've used it several times
I've owned the Varia radar for two weeks now and used it almost daily. I've come to believe it to be an almost essential piece of road cycling equipment, as least as far my rides. My rides are almost all small town and rural rides. I'm not sure how useful it would be in an urban seeting. Seems to me it would going off all the time. Maybe that would be useful; maybe not. The Varia gives me an audible warning that a car (or motorcycle) is behind me. I get the warning before I can hear the vehicle (always) and usually before I can see it in my rear-view mirrors. If the vehicle has its lights on, I can sometimes see it in the mirrors, but not always. The radar also tells me how many cars are coming up from behind me. What I Like: Easy to mount, long battery life, increased awareness of overtaking traffic. No issues with it moving around on the crappy roads in my part of the world. What I don't like: It does pick up bikes sometimes. I've not ridden in a pack yet, so I can't tell you how it performs there. It ignores anything not moving at least 15 mph, but bikes moving faster than that are detected. Sometimes. That doesn't keep the unit from still detecting cars, though. Bottom line: In my mind, this doesn't replace mirrors or using your ears and glancing behind, but it adds a whole 'nother layer of safety. The warning occurs soon enough so that you can more safely ride towards the center of your lane... away from road debris and where you are more likely to be seen... and have ample time to move over to the edge of the road. No more thinking one car is passing you and getting startled when it is two. No more
April 20, 2020
Will the tail light mount to an aero seat post/mast or to the seat rails themselves in such a manner that it stays properly aligned? Thanks,
April 21, 2020
Will work on aero bikes but you may need the larger rubber bands sold separately? I used a band from another device to mount to the frame below the seat post.
July 28, 2019
Does the tail light have to be mounted on the seat post? I have a bag there and would like to keep it in it’s place, if possible... thank you