Garmin Varia Radar

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Garmin Varia Radar

Postby ComradeSpear » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:53 pm

Curious to know if the Garmin Varia radar will work if inserted into a jersey's back pocket instead of installing on a seat post... and obviously facing the right way in the pocket.

Anyone know?

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Re: Garmin Varia Radar

Postby AUbicycles » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:40 pm

ComradeSpear wrote:Curious to know if the Garmin Varia radar will work if inserted into a jersey's back pocket instead of installing on a seat post... and obviously facing the right way in the pocket.

Anyone know?


I will make a guess as I have used it. I can't judge whether the radar will be degraded from the jersey but the movement is likely to have an effect so it tracks and then looses an approaching 'object'.

On the seatpost or with a more stable mount, I feel it will operate better (it isn't cheap either).

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Re: Garmin Varia Radar

Postby mikgit » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:05 pm

I cant' remember where exactly, but I had the bike somewhere weird, maybe it was in the back of the car (wagon) and I hadn't turned it off and it was pinging traffic like nobodies business. (of course could be something else, I just remember it was working in some none design parameter scenario)

however, then you woudn't be getting use of the flashing ability, which I think...well I hope... works well (different flashing as cars get closer).
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Re: Garmin Varia Radar

Postby Discodan » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:35 am

Given the Varia is very effecting at 'seeing' through other riders and still picking up cars I'd imagine the jersey would cause it no issues at all. The fact that it's aim would be moving around with your body could be a different issue
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Re: Garmin Varia Radar

Postby ComradeSpear » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:13 am

I bought the Varia Radar unit and tested placing it in my rear jersey pocket. It works like a charm and the light is strong enough that it pours through jersey material (at least for my jersey).

It also successfully paired and worked with Garmin Edge 25 & 520 as well as the Garmin Fenix 5 but not the Xplova 5 Evo.

I tried testing the radar detection by placing the unit vertically but didn't sit well in the jersey pocket. Unfortunately, the supplied mount can't be rotated to support a vertical configuration. It'd be nice if it could as it's a bit wide and chunky when fitted with my skinny seat post. I wonder if there's a mount or a hack that would allow me to test the vertical configuration, any ideas?

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Re: Garmin Varia Radar

Postby mikgit » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:31 pm

mine came supplies with 2 mounts (but haven't looked at the other so assume it's the same setup, just attaches to different sized poles... but I just now had it on my out front mount, so it'll fit the stem/bar mounts, I'm sure you could dodgy something up out of that.
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Re: Garmin Varia Radar

Postby BugsBunny » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:51 pm

How do you guys feel about its safety value in practice? And how to you really use it to help you ride more safely? I'm a bit naive, as I was thinking it would be setting off the alarm too frequently?

(PS. I'm not dissing it, but genuinely interested).

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Re: Garmin Varia Radar

Postby mikgit » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:52 pm

personally I find it really usefull. Sure it can miss cars, usually either if someone is tailgating or 2 cars close on double lanes, but more usually it give false positives (lik very occasionally).
The biggest use more me is a couple of sections of road (old highways), that are long DH stretches where you're cruising at40km/h and you can't hear cars coming behind, it prepares you for a passing car instead of being surprised.
Another style is roads with a wide verge, but it rough/littered so its far better to ride in the smooth worn part of the road, but I wouldn't normally due to being smashed by a truck or something, also quite country roads where I'm riding anywhere on the road, gives you heaps of warning, well before you can hear the cars, to figure out where you want to be on the road.

it doesn't replace your senses, just adds to them. That and the variable flashing as car approaching, I think thats handy too.
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