I am happy to know you are healing well and back riding! Having never embraced clip-less pedals mostly for because clipless shoes would require a shoe change after commuting to work. What HAS worked well for me are Power Grip pedals. https://mrpbike.com/collections/power-gripsIm approaching 1k miles on the CCX so thought I would provide an update.
I fractured my pelvis on a ride(handlebar hit a post) at the end of april so I was off the ebikes for 2 months.
The accident was kindof a freak one and I think several things added up at the same time. I have done similar thing a few times in the last few months and just laughed a the crashes.
I originally had shimano spd clipless mountain pedals on the CCX as I have been riding these pedals since the 90s. I think being clipped in made the accident worse this particular time. Looking back, my last 5 falls wouldnt have been so bad if I hadnt been clipped in. Im guessing my reaction times just arnt as good as they used to be so I went back to the stock pedals and 510 freerider shoes. I really like this combo but want a little more attachment(and a bigger platform) to the pedals so I will probably go with are some crankbrother stamp 1 composite pedals in large size. I have also been trying 1up composite pedals and some raceface chesters and the stamp 1 seems to work for me best (1 up is a very close second, chester is too small for my size 13 feet).
After a 100 miles or so on the conti contact cruiser tires, I am going to try something else. These high volume (28x2.2F/2.0R tires) are great. They measure exactly as specced and have alot of volume to allow lower pressures (30F/35R). They also measure exactly 2.2/2.0. The 2.2 is probably a little large for the 19mm CCX rim as the tire was a little pointy in the center. Overall, excellent tires but not as much traction as I would like on gravel. Bought some marathon plus MTB tires(29x2.1) and just love them on gravel. Also using these in a 27.5x2.25 on my Izip Moda and love them. They are a little smaller than advertised being around 1.8"/46mm in the 2.1 size but this actually works well on the CCX. I think running them at 40-45psi will be great.
Im starting to like the throttle these days. It was a great help when I first started riding again. Really nice when starting out when you have limited mobility.
After 2 months off the ebikes, the CCX seemed so powerful. Been riding ALOT in eco these days and it seems more than enough for alot of my riding although at the end of rides, I do crank up the assist level.
I too am embracing the concept of a substantial tire inflated at lower pressures than maximum rating. The stock Schwalbe's seem to roll well enough and provide an increased measure of suspension comfort (and safety?) when inflated to 50-60 psi on my CCX.
After a recent front tire failure, I decided on the lower inflation. After encountering a tire bead failure with the front tire on a recent ride, I was lucky to be close to home with my speed at less than 25 mph at the time of the incident. The situation occurred 17 miles into my commute -nearly home. Earlier, I had topped-off the tire to 65-70 psi before the start of the commute that morning. After the loud BANG and sudden deflation, I was fortunate to immediately pull over onto grass and walked the bike home (about 1/4 mile to home). Schwalbe made good on the defect with an immediate free replacement!