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Simple (I hope) Treadmill Incline indicator Answered

Hi, 

I have an older treadmill that has a button to control the incline, but doesn't display the incline. I have a treadmill program app on my iPhone that guides me through a exercise session by telling me to set the speed and incline many times throughout the 30 minutes I am on the treadmill. 

I would like to build something to display the incline as I adjust it. 

I have just enough memory from all my childhood Radio Shack projects learning to not be afraid to attempt this and also the vast knowledge of the internet :)

I have already calculated and marked the incline differences on the frame of the treadmill near my feet but I can't really see it well.

I figure a small LED display would work best. I can visualize running wires up and down the frame to the LED display to an arm that will move with the treadmill while hitting contacts. I am sure I can get this to work but it sure seems like a lot of wires so I feel I am missing something.

If anyone has any suggestions about an easy way to do this or can draw me a diagram of what I would need, I would be forever grateful.

Thanks,
Cindy in Indy

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Kiteman (author)2012-03-30

I'm guessing that, as the incline changes, one end of the machine goes up or down?

Simply add a vertical pole with a pointer that indicates on a scale beside the pole. No electronics, no complex mechanisms, just a direct reading off a scale.

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Dr.Bill (author)Kiteman2012-04-07

Basically a Protractor with a Pointer on a post 90* to the walking platform.

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mpilchfamily (author)2012-03-30

There are plenty of free apps for your iPhone that will allow you to use the phone as a level. Mount the phone on the treadmill and use the app to measure your incline.

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logock (author)mpilchfamily2012-03-31

That is how I confirmed my math was correct, buy using an app to tell me the incline. Like Dad taught, measure twice, mark once -- math + app. :)

I am pondering now how to best get Kiteman's suggestion to work for me. Like he said, I am considering a rod that moves with the incline. Now I just have to figure out how to secure it to the frame, yet allow it to move freely but accurately. I am sure I have something in the garage that will work.

Thanks to both suggestions,
Cindy in Indy

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Kiteman (author)mpilchfamily2012-03-31

Thing is, he's already using the iPhone to tell him what to do during his routine.

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