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Garmin RTL510 Bike Radar Tail Light
  • Provides visual and audible alerts to warn of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 metres) away
  • Tail light offers daylight visibility up to a mile away, so drivers can see you well before the radar sees the vehicle
  • Sleek vertical design easily mounts to most road-use bicycles, including racing, touring and commuter styles
  • Tail light provides 220 degrees of visibility to help improve driver awareness of your location
  • Requires a dedicated radar display unit or wirelessly integrates with compatible Garmin devices
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Anyone used one of these? I tend to use a mirror anyway but this could be better?
This is a superb bit of kit, wouldn't ride without mine now. Good price too.
1982john17/04/2020 09:13

Anyone used one of these? I tend to use a mirror anyway but this could be …Anyone used one of these? I tend to use a mirror anyway but this could be better?


Works excellently in my view but it's a lot of money.
I can imagine it being useful in places with few cars to keep you alert to them but useless in the city?
Really good piece of tech. Bright light too.
1982john17/04/2020 09:16

I can imagine it being useful in places with few cars to keep you alert …I can imagine it being useful in places with few cars to keep you alert to them but useless in the city?


I've got the previous version. Great out of the city
Edited by: "Goldeneye243" 17th Apr
Absolutely love mine and if it broke I'd buy another straight away.

That said these have been down to the £80 mark in the past. Suppose it depends if a time machine costs more than the difference....
Yeah can be a pain in the city but I wouldn’t ride without mine anywhere else now. I wouldn’t say I can’t ride without it but I don’t like riding without it.
I've got the previous version. I would never ride with it. Bargain at this price. Small flaw: Doesn't pick up vehicles travelling at similar speed to you eg slow car slowly catching you up on a twisty country lane. But on regular roads it's fantastic.
A great bit of safety kit for the bike, I think these should be mandatory... Give an excellent heads up of approaching vehicles and surprisingly few false positive indications. When riding with people at a similar speed to you it doesn't flag, which is great.

For anyone questioning the price, it only needs to save you once and it's paid for itself, like a smoke detector or seatbelt.

If you have a compatible computer this is an absolute must buy.


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Edited by: "ourdevonfamily" 17th Apr
Same price at Evans
2 weeks delivery there though so sod that
ourdevonfamily17/04/2020 09:37

A great bit of safety kit for the bike, I think these should be …A great bit of safety kit for the bike, I think these should be mandatory... Give an excellent heads up of approaching vehicles and surprisingly few false positive indications. When riding with people at a similar speed to you it doesn't flag, which is great.For anyone questioning the price, it only needs to save you once and it's paid for itself, like a smoke detector or seatbelt.If you have a compatible Garmin computer this is an absolute must buy.


Agree with all of that. Best bit of cycling kit ever.

Note that Wahoo head units now also support this kit, not just Garmin.
Having been blinded (almost) by bike headlights pointing anywhere. Now we've got to suffer blinding tail lights as well (daylight visibility up to a mile away)
jasee17/04/2020 09:56

Having been blinded (almost) by bike headlights pointing anywhere. Now …Having been blinded (almost) by bike headlights pointing anywhere. Now we've got to suffer blinding tail lights as well (daylight visibility up to a mile away)


It’s great isn’t it!!! Better than living with killing somebody because you were on your iPhone eh
jasee17/04/2020 09:56

Having been blinded (almost) by bike headlights pointing anywhere. Now …Having been blinded (almost) by bike headlights pointing anywhere. Now we've got to suffer blinding tail lights as well (daylight visibility up to a mile away)


And its amazing how, despite this, the dozy arsed drivers still don't see you
Now showing as £172
jasee17/04/2020 09:56

Having been blinded (almost) by bike headlights pointing anywhere. Now …Having been blinded (almost) by bike headlights pointing anywhere. Now we've got to suffer blinding tail lights as well (daylight visibility up to a mile away)


At least a rear light is fixed meaning you are in almost total control as to how much of it you look at, plus it's on the same side of the road as you so better to see it than not.
Great deal! Does anyone know how this could be used with an iPhone? Wondering if notifications could be heard loudly through a single earphone or are the beeps loud enough to be heard when going at some speed? (due to wind noise)
alrightnow17/04/2020 09:34

I've got the previous version. I would never ride with it. Bargain at this …I've got the previous version. I would never ride with it. Bargain at this price. Small flaw: Doesn't pick up vehicles travelling at similar speed to you eg slow car slowly catching you up on a twisty country lane. But on regular roads it's fantastic.


I assume you mean without it
ourdevonfamily17/04/2020 09:37

A great bit of safety kit for the bike, I think these should be …A great bit of safety kit for the bike, I think these should be mandatory... Give an excellent heads up of approaching vehicles and surprisingly few false positive indications. When riding with people at a similar speed to you it doesn't flag, which is great.For anyone questioning the price, it only needs to save you once and it's paid for itself, like a smoke detector or seatbelt.If you have a compatible Garmin computer this is an absolute must buy.



This is not strictly correct, anyone with a Wahoo head unit can use this radar with it.
Coming up as £240 - is it expired / wrongly priced?
jasee17/04/2020 09:56

Having been blinded (almost) by bike headlights pointing anywhere. Now …Having been blinded (almost) by bike headlights pointing anywhere. Now we've got to suffer blinding tail lights as well (daylight visibility up to a mile away)


It is too bright I'll give you that - even on the low setting. I have been known to just switch the radar to "radar only" mode and just attach a cheep rear light. Garmin really should fix that.
I take it the light switches on when it detects a vehicle and is not on all the time?
Paid £78.17 for this in January at Amazon but I'd definitely recommend at double the price. It's a fantastic bit of kit, especially now it pairs with Wahoo
supermann17/04/2020 11:15

I take it the light switches on when it detects a vehicle and is not on …I take it the light switches on when it detects a vehicle and is not on all the time?



The light needs to be on all the time, whether a static light, flashing (daytime setting ) or pulsing (nighttime setting). It then flashes faster when a vehicle is behind.

There's no setting to have the light off and for the radar to work. it must be on one of the 3 settings.
Edited by: "COYS61" 17th Apr
COYS6117/04/2020 11:19

The light needs to be on all the time, whether a static light, flashing …The light needs to be on all the time, whether a static light, flashing (daytime setting ) or pulsing (nighttime setting). It then flashes faster when a vehicle is behind.There's no setting to have the light off and for the radar to work. it must be on one of the 3 settings.


That's a shame. It just seems a bit inefficient. I mean why have the light on when there's no cars in close/medium proximity behind you?
Edited by: "supermann" 17th Apr
What’s the mean benefit of this light?
Just looked at what this does as i was intrigued and as a car driver that genuinely is a great idea. I like to think i'm fairly road conscious of bikes but every little helps

I still don't agree with the legislation which allows strobing lights ONLY in the dark, especially when its the slower strobe and coming towards you, it gives you an indication that exist but but no indication of speed etc.
COYS6117/04/2020 11:19

The light needs to be on all the time, whether a static light, flashing …The light needs to be on all the time, whether a static light, flashing (daytime setting ) or pulsing (nighttime setting). It then flashes faster when a vehicle is behind.There's no setting to have the light off and for the radar to work. it must be on one of the 3 settings.



I think the law for any 'vehicle' used to be quite strict. You weren't allowed flashing lights except for indicators. Back lights had to be red. I expect there was a maximum light strength for sidelights and headlights. They had to be fixed, you couldn't wear them! But now it seems anything goes - at least as far as bikes are concerned
I've never really understood the point in these. The only time you should probably change your road position depending on what's behind you as a cyclist is on narrow country lanes to let them past, and even that's only as a courtesy. If I'm riding in the center of a lane to prevent dangerous overtakes, the knowledge that a car has been behind me for the past 30 seconds isn't suddenly going to make me move in to the gutter and endanger my safety.

Edited by: "Boopop" 17th Apr
ourdevonfamily17/04/2020 09:37

A great bit of safety kit for the bike, I think these should be …A great bit of safety kit for the bike, I think these should be mandatory... Give an excellent heads up of approaching vehicles and surprisingly few false positive indications. When riding with people at a similar speed to you it doesn't flag, which is great.For anyone questioning the price, it only needs to save you once and it's paid for itself, like a smoke detector or seatbelt.If you have a compatible computer this is an absolute must buy..


Genuine question. I get that this warns you of traffic behind you but how does this make you safer - do you alter your riding style in any way knowing there are cars behind?

Do you have any examples of how this has saved an accident?

Cheers
ourdevonfamily17/04/2020 09:37

A great bit of safety kit for the bike, I think these should be …A great bit of safety kit for the bike, I think these should be mandatory...


Sure, anything we can do to make cycling seem as dangerous as possible so that people will stick to driving their cars five minutes down the road . Did you know car manufacturers sponsor research in to cycle helmets? I wonder why. Perception of danger is the no.1 reason people don't cycle.
Edited by: "Boopop" 17th Apr
Same price at halfords atm, and if you've got C2W thru them this year you also get 20% off cycling accessories.
10/15% off via the normal ways if you don't have C2W

I have mine pairs with my Edge1000 fantastic kit

Tried posting it to help those that need to cycle, to work or for work (theres still plenty deliveroo type chaps out) whichever but it's been taken down as not an essential and collection only unfortunatley
Edited by: "J1135" 17th Apr
chris.mcallan17/04/2020 11:47

Genuine question. I get that this warns you of traffic behind you but how …Genuine question. I get that this warns you of traffic behind you but how does this make you safer - do you alter your riding style in any way knowing there are cars behind?Do you have any examples of how this has saved an accident?Cheers


As a starting point, i'm not a wanna be pro cyclist, I don't care much for fast times/racing, I do it to keep fit and see the outdoors.... so I do cycle on the defensive and will move over or stop if I feel a driver is getting irrotated.

It depends on the alert it gives and the environment i'm riding in; if a car is travelling fast it will give a much more prominent alert, which heightens my awareness. I would never substitute it for checking over my shoulder, but it does warn me ahead of hearing the vehicle most of the time. It also shows multiple dots on the display, so I can count off the vehicles as they pass.

I can't give examples, as I don't know what the outcome would've been if I hadn't reacted, pulled over or slowed down. There have certainly been occasions on country roads where it has highlighted a car travelling at speed and I have pulled over for my safety. Ultimately it makes me feel more informed and safer, which in my opinion is money well spent.
J113517/04/2020 11:55

Same price at halfords atm, and if you've got C2W thru them this year you …Same price at halfords atm, and if you've got C2W thru them this year you also get 20% off cycling accessories.10/15% off via the normal ways if you don't have C2WI have mine pairs with my Edge1000 fantastic kit Tried posting it to help those that need to cycle, to work or for work (theres still plenty deliveroo type chaps out) whichever but it's been taken down as not an essential and collection only unfortunatley


Halfords seem to be out of stock.
COYS6117/04/2020 11:16

Paid £78.17 for this in January at Amazon but I'd definitely recommend at …Paid £78.17 for this in January at Amazon but I'd definitely recommend at double the price. It's a fantastic bit of kit, especially now it pairs with Wahoo


CamelCamel saying lowest price on Amazon 99.99 , sure you got this model?
ourdevonfamily17/04/2020 11:58

As a starting point, i'm not a wanna be pro cyclist, I don't care much for …As a starting point, i'm not a wanna be pro cyclist, I don't care much for fast times/racing, I do it to keep fit and see the outdoors.... so I do cycle on the defensive and will move over or stop if I feel a driver is getting irrotated.It depends on the alert it gives and the environment i'm riding in; if a car is travelling fast it will give a much more prominent alert, which heightens my awareness. I would never substitute it for checking over my shoulder, but it does warn me ahead of hearing the vehicle most of the time. It also shows multiple dots on the display, so I can count off the vehicles as they pass.I can't give examples, as I don't know what the outcome would've been if I hadn't reacted, pulled over or slowed down. There have certainly been occasions on country roads where it has highlighted a car travelling at speed and I have pulled over for my safety. Ultimately it makes me feel more informed and safer, which in my opinion is money well spent.



Pulling over because there's a car behind me on country roads would make me feel like a second class road user. Unless you're on a 20mph road and going at quite a clip (or downhill), all road traffic is going to be faster than you are.
anjasola17/04/2020 12:02

Halfords seem to be out of stock.



Yeah it's collection only in stores that have stock
Boopop17/04/2020 11:53

Sure, anything we can do to make cycling seem as dangerous as possible so …Sure, anything we can do to make cycling seem as dangerous as possible so that people will stick to driving their cars five minutes down the road . Did you know car manufacturers sponsor research in to cycle helmets? I wonder why. Perception of danger is the no.1 reason people don't cycle.


When I do drive 5 miles down the road I can park my car perfectly, however it has parking sensors to help, which I tend to use as I feel more informed and find it an informative aid.

IN MY OPINION - using tech to be better informed is a good thing.

Boopop17/04/2020 12:08

Pulling over because there's a car behind me on country roads would make …Pulling over because there's a car behind me on country roads would make me feel like a second class road user. Unless you're on a 20mph road and going at quite a clip (or downhill), all road traffic is going to be faster than you are.


Good for you. I'm not trying to convince you, do what you like. Have a great day
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