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Varia RVR315 is the bomb...

Old 07-27-20, 02:18 PM
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Varia RVR315 is the bomb...

Did my first actual road ride with it yesterday, 12 miles of which was on the wide shoulder of a state highway running out to our nearby reservoir (100F day, so lots of recreational traffic and boat-towing going by). The Varia greatly reduced how much I was eyeing behind me with the helmet mirror. I do a lot of traffic detection based on sound, and on a busy highway with traffic going by at 55+ both directions, disambiguation is tough. Not for this thing. The only time I didn't get a clear depiction of what was approaching behind was when it was a ragged formation of 30+ motorcyclists riding 2-3 abreast. It let me know something was back there, but I think its little brain couldn't figure out quite what, based on radar reflections.

Highly recommended. Mine was paired with an Elemnt Bolt.

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Old 07-27-20, 02:41 PM
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Many of us have the RTL 510 and RTL 515 and 1st Generation units. Same as the 315 except with a light. I love my 510. I don't ride on public roads anymore unless it's on. Still use my mirror but only half as much as I used to.
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Old 07-27-20, 02:55 PM
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Very nice, I'm almost certainly going to buy one in august. I'd like to keep the light separate too.
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Old 07-28-20, 11:24 AM
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I would like one of those if I can find an rtl510 for the right price. Will it fit an aero seat tube?


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Originally Posted by speedlever View Post
I would like one of those if I can find an rtl510 for the right price. Will it fit an aero seat tube?


Yes it will. There is a mount adapter for round and aero seat posts that comes with the unit. Looking at your setup, you may have to mount the unit upside down to clear the seat post clamp and still have good positioning for the radar. You can also refer to the thread on this forum on DIY saddlebag mounts.
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Yes it will. There is a mount adapter for round and aero seat posts that comes with the unit. Looking at your setup, you may have to mount the unit upside down to clear the seat post clamp and still have good positioning for the radar. You can also refer to the thread on this forum on DIY saddlebag mounts.
Never thought about mounting it upside down. That could be the ideal solution for me. So I won't need the universal quarter turn seat post adapter? What I need comes included with the RTL515 (on order as we speak).
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There's a Connect IQ data field that will record the location and passing speed of every car that goes by.
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There's a Connect IQ data field that will record the location and passing speed of every car that goes by.
I haven't used Connect IQ before. Is that something cell phone related or something specific to the 830?
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@speedlever it's in any Garmin unit, so only useable if you have one. I'll try to find the link.
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@speedlever it's in any Garmin unit, so only useable if you have one. I'll try to find the link.
Thanks. I think I figured it out. I downloaded the mybikeradar IQ app via my PC when connected to my 830. I now have a field for # cars I can use on the 830. Naturally my RTL515 that was due to be delivered today is delayed.

I don't think I've linked my cell phone to my 830. Is that important to do? Sometimes I get a little confused how these things work... if the app goes on the device or on a cellphone... and where the settings are twiddled with. At least for the mybikeradar IC app, that seems to be all done on the device itself.

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Originally Posted by rlmalisz View Post
Highly recommended. Mine was paired with an Elemnt Bolt.

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Can you show us what it looks like on a Bolt please?

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Old 08-05-20, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Barry2 View Post
Can you show us what it looks like on a Bolt please?

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Not trivially. But the review here shows the Wahoo device family display with Varia sidebar...it's a ways down, but you'll see it:

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2020/05/...ar-review.html
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