Garmin Varia radar light
I won’t go into extreme detail about the Garmin Varia and specifications but what I will tell you is that I have had this for 6 months now and don’t like to leave the house without it
I have linked this to a Garmin Edge 1000 and its really really good. When I am riding along I get a “bleep” and then it shows on the side of the screen the approaching vehicle as shown below
Garmin Varia Detection accuracy
The detection accuracy has been pretty good and only had one or two false readings and this is usually when I am moving around bends. The radar is also pretty good at picking up multiple cars and that is really good when planning to turn or something else that needs attention navigating.
Don’t forget. They are actually lights
Working with the Garmin Varia it is quite easy to forget that this is actually a replacement to your rear set of lights. And as lights they are full of tech in their own right. The radar talks not only to you via the bike computer or front mount but also directs to the traffic behind you. Garmin marketing suggests that cars colliding with bikes from the rear is the number one reason for accidents in America. And if this is the case we certainly want to let vehicles to know we are there. As cars approach the lights get brighter, flash more frequently and basically wave out to the driver saying hey Don’t forget there is a cyclist in front of you. To test this we will try to demonstrate with photographs what happens as cars approach.
The standard flashing is a slow pulse with 4 of the LEDs illuminating.
When a car approaches the flashing intensifies and speeds up. All the LEDs will light up