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Garmin Varia RTL515 Review: Must-Have Cycling Radar for Solo Rides

If you’re a fair-weather cyclist, the prime spring and upcoming summer riding season is upon us. If you’re planning more solo rides again due to…

Monday, May 03

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If you’re a fair-weather cyclist, the prime spring and upcoming summer riding season is upon us. If you’re planning more solo rides again due to COVID-19, Garmin’s Varia RTL515 cycling radar is one riding buddy you’ll want to take with you.

Garmin sent us the RTL515 cycling radar to check out, and it’s definitely made riding solo feel safer, as the unit not only combines a bright light visible to cars, but it alerts you in real-time when cars are approaching from behind and the exact moment they are passing you, plus a rating of the vehicle’s speed.

The Varia RTL515 works with Garmin’s Varia iOS and Android app, if you ride with your smartphone mounted on your handlebars. But for the roadies, the Varia RTL515 seamlessly integrates with your compatible Edge bike computer or Wahoo bike GPS unit. You can also have the device paired to both your smartphone and bike GPS as well.

Let’s find out what’s in the box, then we’ll dive into the features of the Varia RTL515.

Inside the box, you’ll find the Varia radar/light unit, a micro-USB cable, mount, plus three different shims for your seat post (D-shaped, aero, round) and two O-rings. Here’s a closer look at the front of the Garmin Varia RTL515 . The light is very bright, has four flash modes and can be seen as far as 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) away, says Garmin. The Varia RTL515 is fairly compact for a built-in radar unit with light. The back has the standard […]

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