We love a bit of new cycling tech at Halfords – especially when helps keep you safe! The new Garmin Varia radar system does just that by giving you a warning if a car is approaching from behind. Want to find out more? Read our post for the lowdown!

What’s a Garmin Varia?

Good question!

The Varia bike radar system consists of two parts: a rear light with a radar sensor, and a display unit that sits on your handlebars or stem (or anywhere else you fancy!). When a car approaches from behind, it’ll appear as a dot on your display unit. The unit shows where the car is behind you on the road, and works for up to 8 separate cars.

garmin varia display

That’s not all – as the car gets nearer, your rear light will get brighter to make you more visible to them. If you’ve got a compatible Edge computer, the positions of cars can be displayed on your Edge computer instead of on the display unit. To find out which computers are compatible, check halfords.com!

The Varia rearview tail light is sold on its own, or as part of a bundle with the display unit, so you can pick one up that suits your setup!

Why we love it

Getting hit from behind is a real threat when you’re out on the bike, and hopefully you’re already looking over your shoulder regularly while you’re riding to make sure you know what’s around you.

The Varia helps make you aware of what’s coming up behind you, and because it detects vehicles up to 140m away it can give you an advance warning of what’s behind you.

varia rearview light

How do you use the Garmin Varia?

Using the Varia is really simple! Just attach the rear radar light to the back of your bike and the display unit in a place where you can see it. Switch the two units on and pair them together, and you’re good to go!

If you have a compatible Edge computer, you can use that instead of the display unit. It’ll show a similar display either on a dedicated screen or just to the side of one of your normal screens, saving you some valuable space on the handlebars!

varia display rearview

Where can I get a Garmin Varia?

Well, it’s funny you should ask! The new Garmin Varia range is now available from Halfords! This includes the radar system as well as the new Varia lights, which we’ll be looking at in a bit more detail over the next few weeks.

Feeling lucky? Visit our Facebook page here to be in with a chance to win a fantastic Garmin Varia radar bundle worth £239.99! And be sure to stock up on all your cycling gear ready for this autumn by taking a look at our bike lights, technology, accessories & clothing!

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