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Introducing the Varia™ line of smart cycling devices from Garmin

Garmin Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd., announce the Varia line of smart cycling devices including, a first-of-its-kind rear-view bike radar and smart bike lights. To help create a safer cycling environment, Varia rear-view bike radar warns cyclists of vehicles approaching from behind from up to 140 meters away. The Varia smart bike lights automatically adjust to changing conditions as well as the speed of the cyclist. Both the radar and lights work independently or seamlessly integrate with each other and with compatible Edge cycling computers1.

“As leaders in innovative cycling technology, we’re excited to introduce our line of cycling awareness products and take the next step in providing a complete experience for riders,” said Walter Mech, Marketing Director of Garmin Sub Saharah Africa. “Varia rear-view bike radar and smart bike lights not only alert cyclists of vehicles, but also alert the vehicles of the cyclist. With Garmin cycling products you can now track all your essential stats with peace of mind on the roads.”

Varia Rear-view Bike Radar
Many cyclists are injured in vehicle crashes every year, and of these incidents around 40% occur when a cyclist is hit from behind. As the first-of-its-kind radar system for bikes, Varia rear-view bike radar alerts the cyclist and the approaching vehicles to assist in creating a safer environment on the roads.

The system includes a radar tail light transmitter and a radar display unit. The radar tail light transmitter detects approaching vehicles from up to 140 meters behind and increases brightness as cars approach. When in flashing mode, it increases flashing intensity as well. The radar display unit and compatible Edge cycling computers show up to eight vehicles as they approach, indicating increasing risk with a change in colour on a LED interface or using an overlay of the current data screen on an Edge device.

Varia Smart Bike Lights
Based on GPS data from a compatible Edge, the Varia headlight beam automatically projects further ahead at faster speeds and closer as a rider’s speed decreases, lighting the road where cyclists need it the most. It also focuses the light ahead instead of all around and features a high-beam cut-off to prevent blinding oncoming vehicles.

The Varia tail light operates in solid and flashing modes and increases intensity when cyclists decelerates to warn approaching traffic. By cyclists adding a second tail light, they can utilise turn signals, which can be controlled through a compatible Edge or the Varia remote2. The Varia remote or Edge also controls the pattern, intensity and on/off function of the lights.

When paired with an Edge 1000, Varia smart bike lights can adjust their brightness based on ambient light conditions. When paired with other Edge devices the lights can automatically turn on and off, preventing accidental battery drain.

The Varia radar tail light is available for a recommended retail price as a bundle with the radar display unit. The Varia smart bike (headlight) lights and (tail light) are also available for purchase.

1 Compatible with Edge 1000; compatibility with Edge Touring Plus/810/510/25 coming via a software update.
2 Included with some models, sold separately on others.


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