I putzed around my last Anchorage winter on a big cruiser. It was OK in some respects, but sucked in others. I've been mulling an idea around in my mind this summer. It would be the ultimate urban icebike. Similar in some respects to the snow bikes folks use for wintertime off-road riding, but different in other respects. It would have:
--Wide enough tires for snow, but not so wide that they can't move fast on pavement and ice trails. I found the Nokian Freddies to be perfect and want to use them again.
--Strong, traditional style frame. A Surly Puglsey would seem to be ideal.
--Disk breaks front and back. As I understand it these are resistant to weather conditions, though I haven't used them. My limited breaking power was a real problem this past winter.
--Seven speed internal hub. I hate messing with derailleurs in ice, rain and snow and I loved the zero maintenance of my cruiser's hub this winter. Three wasn't enough, but seven might be just the ticket. The worst off roading I'll need to do is going through foot or two of snow drifts. I also love the fast starts and stops allowed by the internal hub.
--Plenty of racks and big fenders.
This is all pretty sketchy right now, so I'm looking for any input.