I've been cycling at my local track for 2-3 months now. Over the past two weeks, there has been a pain in my neck from looking forwards/up for periods of time, about 1 hour 30min into a 2 hour session.
The neck pain doesn't stay long post-ride, but during the ride it is almost unbearable. When I purchased my bike, the LBS gave me a fit and I trust them, I've been going there for years (MTB stuff for 8 years).
The bike doesn't feel too long, or low. I only use 'modern' shallow drops, so I doubt it's the fact that the drops are too low. I can ride in the hoods all day without neck pain, but with sprinting exercises on the track, I find the pain comes then, seated sprinting in the drops. Will I adapt to the position? The bars are *exactly* the same height below the saddle (Saddle to hoods) as my old bike which I didn't get this pain on, and that had larger drops.
I'm 14 (if this has anything to with it), and the newer bike is the same size top tube as my old bike (Both Specialized) and may have a *slightly* longer stem. Surely a few mm shouldn't make this much difference?
Will my body adapt and develop the leg muscles? Or should I buy a shorter stem?
I did a search, and was surprised I didn't find anything. Sorry if this is considered the wrong area, but I thought this is where the people would be who knew about the body and cyclings effects on it.