For many decades, automobiles have been designed with the needed means to see cars and objects approaching from behind. This helps the users of these automobiles drive like they know what is coming. The rearview technologies in cars have added to the relatively safe roads existing today, it is a welcome and needed development. Sad to say, for the most part, bicycles have not been blessed with these advances in technology. There is little or no means for the cyclist to see cars and bikes or alert the coming cars of their presence. For this reason, then, the Varia RTL515 Radar Tail Light was created.
The Varia RTL515 is the first cycling radar in the world; it helps create a safer environment for cyclers. It is designed to signal cyclists of cars approaching from the rear up to 137 meters. Varia Radar Tail Light has a radio transmitter that emits radar signals, and a receiver that finds the radar signals reflected by moving objects that are not visible to you. This radio transmitter analyses the reflected radar signal to identify approaching vehicles, and determine as well as calculate their distance and approach speed. The information is then translated to the cyclist in a clear, and understandable way.
Garmin Varia RTL515 pairs with your Edge® bike computer, compatible smartphone or other Garmin products to alert you of objects proceeding from behind. One Varia RTL515 Radar comes with multiple display options, and an app that can be installed on your compatible smartphone. Once this free app is downloaded and paired with your Varia radar, you can go on a ride with the feeling of having eyes at the back of your helmet. The phone serves as a primary backup display using bold graphics to indicate the position, and speed of coming objects. This app also uses tone and vibration alerts to give you a heads up on the situation invisible to you, even when your phone is in your pocket.
Applications such as Ride with GPS are compatible with the Varia RTL515. This Third-Party app overlays your maps with the rearview radar alerts, the cyclist can receive the visual and audible alerts while checking his position on the maps. Admittedly, some times you may not feel like riding alone, perhaps you want to cycle with friends, but you are worried the light emitted by the radar will be unkind on your friends’ eyes. The Garmin Varia RTL515 has just the mode for you — the peloton mode, the Peloton mode reduces the intensity of the light especially when cycling in groups.
When on this mode, the battery life can last as long as 8 hours, using the solid mode or the night flash mode, the battery life can last for 6 hours. During the day, the light radiating from the radar is equipped to shine brighter so vehicles can see you from over 137 meters away. On flash mode, the battery life can last as long as 16 hours! The time spent charging is not nearly as long as the time spent having fun riding.
Compact, sleek, and portable are just some terms to describe this magnificent and functional creation. It is created to be easily mounted on the seat post of almost any road bike. The vertical design of the Varia RTL515 allows for a better leg clearance and increases comfort when cycling. Some physical specifications include its weight of 71g, and its broad viewing angle of 220°. The Varia Radar’s water rating is IPX7; this means that the device withstands incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Also included in the box, after purchase, is a mounting kit, cables, and the necessary documentation including an easy to understand mounting guide.
Most certainly, this device is a must-have for any cyclist; its functional and compact nature is outstanding. The cost-effectiveness of this device makes it is easy to purchase, although being the first world’s first cycling radar, it is not pricey. With just an affordable amount, you can enjoy your cycling experience. Reduce the risk of accidents, and contribute to creating a safer environment for cyclists, by taking it upon yourself to ride safely. Take your cycling to the next level with the Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar Tail Light.
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