I recently was given an exercise bike that uses magnetic resistance by use of a motor that pulls a tension wire moving the magnet closer or farther away from the fly wheel which adjusts the resistance.
The control panel was damaged which is why they were giving it away.
I am new to arduino but have heard of what you can do with it and thought this might be the perfect project to dive in with. I have some programming knowledge but am still very much a beginner.
The controller basically would turn a moter clockwise or counter clockwise to raise or lower the resistance, it could read the motor position based on a potentiometer that turns with the motor.
Basically what I would like, is a arduiono hooked to this resistance control moter to allow me to raise and lower the resistance (Say between 1 - 10) with a couple buttons (raise / lower) and an LCD display to read what the resistance level is. It would need to do this within a "range" as to not break the tension wire / burn up the motor.
Potentiometer is using 3 wires, so guessing its dividing the voltage vs being a resistor. I also noticed there is no change in resistance even when motor is in different positions when reading on my digital multimeter. (is this expected?)
Is this something that is doable?
Thanks for the input!