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I want to put a front brake on a Cinelli Parallax (track/fixed gear bike). It’s got a predrilled fork, but still a cap on it (as far as I know the cap is made of some kind of wax). What’s the cleanest way to remove the cap in your experience? I don’t want to mess up the paint layer around the hole. I read that electric tape and an electric drill will do the job. What’s your take on that? Or should I just try to work the break bolt in?

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    Try a hairdryer! – Carel Sep 7 at 11:27
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    Don't drill it -- you'll risk wrecking the threads. – Daniel R Hicks Sep 7 at 11:47
  • @DanielRHicks what's the alternative then? – Alessandro Cosentino Sep 7 at 13:11
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    If it really is wax you should be able to poke it out with a piece of wire. I suspect it's plastic, though. – Daniel R Hicks Sep 7 at 14:21
  • Wax would be a strange substance to use. Might be a translation error, or it might be a thermoset plastic. What happens if you poke it with the brake bolt, which by definition won't be as wide as the threads in the fork. – Criggie Sep 8 at 4:37

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