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  • The Varia RTL 510 needs a "do-not-annoy-followers-light-mode"


    Dear Garmin Varia RTL product manager, I love my Varia RTL 510 and do not want to miss it, but it urgently needs a "do-not-annoy-followers-light-mode" with reduced brightness and no-flashing-at-all on approaching cars, thus a light mode that is less annoying to my fellow cyclists in a group ride, and when I am cycling the city and cars have to drive behind me. This "do-not-annoy-followers-light-mode" should be like the only light-mode of the RTL 511 (= the german STVO-compliant variant of the int'l RTL510), the 7lm solid mode (vs. the 511's 20lm "low" mode), no flashing on approaching cars, but still warning me on my Edge head-unit. Because the RTL 510 is currently lacking such a "do-not-annoy-followers-light-mode", I have to use another (non-flashing) rear-light and have to switch the RTL 511 to "off mode" (radar-on/light-off), when riding in the city, or going on a group ride. kind regards, Armin.

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    I just turn off the light and leave the radar on when I'm riding in a group.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by cheracogoff View Post
      I just turn off the light and leave the radar on when I'm riding in a group.
      Yes, me too. But in a group night ride, I have to use another (non-flashing) rear-light in addition to the Varia RTL.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ArminMW View Post
        Dear Garmin Varia RTL product manager, I love my Varia RTL 510 and do not want to miss it, but it urgently needs a "do-not-annoy-followers-light-mode" with reduced brightness and no-flashing-at-all on approaching cars, thus a light mode that is less annoying to my fellow cyclists in a group ride, and when I am cycling the city and cars have to drive behind me. This "do-not-annoy-followers-light-mode" should be like the only light-mode of the RTL 511 (= the german STVO-compliant variant of the int'l RTL510), the 7lm solid mode (vs. the 511's 20lm "low" mode), no flashing on approaching cars, but still warning me on my Edge head-unit. Because the RTL 510 is currently lacking such a "do-not-annoy-followers-light-mode", I have to use another (non-flashing) rear-light and have to switch the RTL 511 to "off mode" (radar-on/light-off), when riding in the city, or going on a group ride. kind regards, Armin.
        Actually, on a recent group ride on some rural roads, some of the group commented that they knew a car was coming when my light started flashing. Admittedly, this wasn't at night.

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