Garmin Varia Rearview Bike Radar Tail Light - £99.99 @ Halfords (C&C)
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Garmin Varia Rearview Bike Radar Tail Light - £99.99 @ Halfords (C&C)

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Found 30th Oct
Just dropped from about £130 at Amazon, Chain Reaction Cycles and Halfords. Possible extra 10% off at Halfords with British Cycling membership.

I have this light paired to a Garmin Edge 1000. The warnings about vehicles approaching from behind are very useful. The light changes as cars approach too.

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Radar, sonar and the ability to drop mines then I'm in

Same price on Amazon plus the tail light is £59.99 though I dont get why these are so expensive in the first place.

And dont forget to buy more to make the features work...RIP OFF FOR BASICALLY A SMART TAIL LIGHT... Going to have a look in bangood now

Garmin Varia Rearview Radar Tail LightThe Garmin Varia Rearview Radar Tail Light is the savvy choice for nighttime cyclists who want top-notch safety. This innovative piece of kit improves your cycling safety by warning cyclists of vehicles approaching from behind up to 150 yards (140 metres) when paired with a compatible Garmin Edge GPS bike computer, whilst also warning approaching traffic of a cyclist ahead with a light that brightens and flashes as the vehicle approache

Is this the complete tail light. I have the 1000 does this work without anything else other than the Garmin 1000?

timetosurf6 m ago

Is this the complete tail light. I have the 1000 does this work without …Is this the complete tail light. I have the 1000 does this work without anything else other than the Garmin 1000?


I can confirm as have one that that is the complete tail light. It's awesome on quiet country roads as gives advance warning on screen when vehicles are a little way behind but useless in busy areas as it doesn't shut up lol.

timetosurf14 m ago

Is this the complete tail light. I have the 1000 does this work without …Is this the complete tail light. I have the 1000 does this work without anything else other than the Garmin 1000?


What do you mean by "Complete" .Its the radar tail light without display unit but yes it works with the 1000.

I like the idea of the smart tail lights(x2) being used as indicators via an Edge device but still way too expensive.

rhinopaul7 m ago

What do you mean by "Complete" .Its the radar tail light without display …What do you mean by "Complete" .Its the radar tail light without display unit but yes it works with the 1000.

Does it display on the 1000? Many thanks

timetosurf6 m ago

Does it display on the 1000? Many thanks


Plenty of Youtube with various devices attached.Here is a random one with the 1000.

I don't get it

If a good careful driver sees you they will hold back and overtake in a sensible safe manner.

If an idiot/dangerous driver sees you they will still ride your rear end and still do a close pass overtake irrespective if you had a warning light or not.

If you don't know, on dark nights, a car is in close proximity to your rear then either remove your headphones, get an ear or eye test.

The only additional lights I had , years ago, were a set of indicators with rear+brake light (which used the cable between the
end sleeve and brake caliper) which gave more visibility to road users.

like this
ebay.co.uk/itm…598

For me this item appears to be an expensive pointless gadget

rhinopaul13 m ago

Plenty of Youtube with various devices attached.Here is a random one with …Plenty of Youtube with various devices attached.Here is a random one with the 1000. [Video]

Perfect. Thanks for you help

philphil6114 m ago

I don't get itIf a good careful driver sees you they will hold back and …I don't get itIf a good careful driver sees you they will hold back and overtake in a sensible safe manner.If an idiot/dangerous driver sees you they will still ride your rear end and still do a close pass overtake irrespective if you had a warning light or not.If you don't know, on dark nights, a car is in close proximity to your rear then either remove your headphones, get an ear or eye test.The only additional lights I had , years ago, were a set of indicators with rear+brake light (which used the cable between the end sleeve and brake caliper) which gave more visibility to road users.like thishttps://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/7-LED-Bike-Tail-Brake-Turn-Signal-Indicator-Horn-Light-Lamp-Bell-Bicycle-Cycling/282580478467?var=581752889109&_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIM.MBE&ao=1&asc=20160908110712&meid=6f884a114b60472b896e95258a85ec3e&pid=100677&rk=5&rkt=30&sd=131709725377&_trksid=p2385738.c100677.m4598For me this item appears to be an expensive pointless gadget


Agreed.... And you can go a little high tech with a rechargable unit as well for a few pounds more

banggood.com/XAN…rch

Unless they have their headlights off I would have thought it was pretty obvious, plus my ears are pretty good indicators that a car is approaching unless its in stealth mode ( maybe electric).

As for the indicator job from bangood the car is virtually going to be on top of me before they can tell what its indicating.

An invention for a problem that doesnt exist.

As previously mentioned these are useless.
You should be able to hear cars approaching and it doesn't help you in any way unless you plan on stopping to let them pass every time a vehicle is behind you.
If anything it's more of a distraction if you're watching what's behind you instead of what's ahead.

Original Poster

I don’t cycle at night, so use this as a daytime light. I found it particularly useful if riding two abreast as it gives much more warning than hearing the vehicle, giving more time to pull in so we’re then riding one abreast when the car is closer.

Maevoric1 h, 48 m ago

Radar, sonar and the ability to drop mines then I'm in



Yes better to show you mean trouble and rig your bike up and be well prepared ...

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What happened to good old fashioned mirrors?

worthinger7 h, 19 m ago

What happened to good old fashioned mirrors?


They're not "cool" anymore. A bit like bells!

jh7879 h, 41 m ago

As previously mentioned these are useless.You should be able to hear cars …As previously mentioned these are useless.You should be able to hear cars approaching and it doesn't help you in any way unless you plan on stopping to let them pass every time a vehicle is behind you.If anything it's more of a distraction if you're watching what's behind you instead of what's ahead.


Got to disagree with you there.

i regularly do not hear cars coming up behind me if I am cycling into a strong wind and puffing and panting at the same time.

i have one of these and they are excellent.
Edited by: "maclennanneil" 31st Oct

maclennanneil5 h, 15 m ago

Got to disagree with you there.i regularly do not hear cars coming up …Got to disagree with you there.i regularly do not hear cars coming up behind me if I am cycling into a strong wind and puffing and panting at the same time.i have one of these and they are excellent.


So you are cycling in strong wind and up hill, puffing and panting, and a warning light shows on your little new gadget that a car is coming up close....then what?

If it's already riding your rear it's one of the knuckleheads who think they own the road and they are going to close pass you whether you like it or not and whether you got a warning light or not. So you'll have milliseconds to do what? pray? say goodbye?

philphil613 h, 21 m ago

So you are cycling in strong wind and up hill, puffing and panting, and a …So you are cycling in strong wind and up hill, puffing and panting, and a warning light shows on your little new gadget that a car is coming up close....then what?If it's already riding your rear it's one of the knuckleheads who think they own the road and they are going to close pass you whether you like it or not and whether you got a warning light or not. So you'll have milliseconds to do what? pray? say goodbye?


Obviously you do not cycle but if you know there is a car coming up behind you, it saves the element of surprise as sometimes you get quite a start when a car suddenly passes you out of nowhere.

This gadget has a range of around 140 metres along country lanes so you get plenty of warning.

if you take the time to read the Halfords reviews you will see a few of the reviews say exactly what I have said.

And also knowing when a car is coming upbehind you saves you from having to keep turning around so you can concentrate on keeping a lookout for potholes in the road ahead.
Edited by: "maclennanneil" 31st Oct

philphil6112 m ago

How pathetic of you to suggest I do not cycle as an excuseI used to cycle …How pathetic of you to suggest I do not cycle as an excuseI used to cycle daily to work but ill health now prevents that opportunityI use to be a keen cyclist but ill health prevents thatI used to take my wife on rides on our tandem but I can't do that because she died and ill health prevents thatI've cycled 90 miles in a day to go camping at the seaside but I can't do that nowBut what I do do because of my ill health is ride a Honda PCX 125 and I still suffer, not as much, with knucklehead drivers who think it's OK to ride my rear end or close passSo your pathetic attempt to discredit my comment fails every single time.As for your toy saving your life - you'll have a few milliseconds between seeing the warning light and doing what?And again you failed miserably with the last part of your pathetic comment"saves you turning around to check the road behind you when pulling out"As part of the Highway Code and other cycling advice you should always check before moving out of your current riding position.Section 67Follow the steps below to promote safety on the roads:Look all around to ensure it is safe to move away from the kerb, turn corners or manoeuvre your bicycle.


It appears you are looking for some sort of argument so I am not going it engage with you any further.

I have explained how it helps me when I am out riding my bicycle and maybe other cyclists reading my comments can understand the benefits of this device and reach their own conclusions whether it would help them or not.

Have a good day.
Edited by: "maclennanneil" 31st Oct

maclennanneil12 m ago

It appears you are looking for some sort of argument so I am not going it …It appears you are looking for some sort of argument so I am not going it engage with you any further.I have explained how it helps me when I am out riding my bicycle and maybe other cyclists reading my comments can understand the benefits of this device and reach their own conclusions whether it would help them or not.Have a good day.


You started it by your pathetic assumptions which you have failed to apologise for

Any responsible grown up human being wouldn't have assumed anything, they would have asked

And furthermore any grown up responsible human being with manners who had genuinely made a mistake would have offered some sort of an apology

When you can give reasonable supportive evidence to support your gadget please feel free to try again - I'm no monster

You have a good day

I commute nearly every day and can't see the point in this at all.

What exactly are you supposed to do if a car is behind you? Get off the road for them. It's their duty to overtake you safely and knowing they are there isn't going to change that.

Besides that, if you've not earphones in you'll hear cars and if you're travelling at night you'll see their lights behind you. Once again, what is the point of this? It's not an protective shield.

Spend £100 on more lights.
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