Hey all. I just recently purchased a 1987 (I think) Schwinn World Sport frame on ebay in hopes of turning it into a little fixie side project. This will be my first attempt at building a bike. I recently found the exact (or so it looks) frame that was made into a fixed gear on Velospace.org. I was happy to see it can, and has, been done, however I read up that old school road bikes with drive-side dropouts like the one on this bike can be quite problematic for making a fixed gear.
That's the bike I bought.
This is the fixed gear I found online. (He obviously made it work w/ the dropouts) I do not know if he cut them or just left it as is.
Here is an example of the drive-side dropout.
And here is another example from some other bike just to highlight what it looks like.
Now, I've heard some can manage without filing/cutting the dropout back (depending on gear ratio), although some have to shave it back and just kind of test it as they go. If I were to do this method, what tool would you recommend using to file it back? Any tips would be wonderful since I'm not familiar with either bicycle building or.. filling/cutting metal in general. Should I try to really convert this sucker? I'd like to get my hands a bit dirty and learn as much as possible since that's my main goal, aside from creating a sweet personalized ride. Thanks in advance!