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Originally Posted by WonderMonkey
Sure, but how? I'm just now getting more into riding so how do you take the weight off other than adjusting seat and handle bar height?
You want to, of course, first make sure your seat is at the correct height. Not doing so will lead to other problems. Then set your fore/aft seat position, with the seat being more or less level.
The fore/aft is roughly the KOPS method, although nothing is written in stone.
You can raise the handlebar height which should promote a more upright riding position, placing more weight on your seat. If you are already as high as you can go, you can try a stem that is shorter, which will cause you to not reach forward as far, once again moving the weight more towards the rear. There is also changing to a more severe angled stem, say 17 degrees from a 6 degree, for example. Which would raise and bring the handlebars slightly closer.
This will also change your bike posture, resulting in being less stretched if you will.
However, changing the stem length and or angle will change the handling characteristics, so it is best to "try" before you buy.
The other way is to become more aggressive in your pedalling. This will result in more down force and will take weight off of your hands as well as your seat. That's the hard way.
noted, once your core gets strengthened up and used to supporting more weight it will help a lot.
Don't be afraid to experiment as no two cyclist are the same and what one is comfortable with may be torture to the next.