I'm planning on biking this winter, both for semi-regular commuting (about 10 km) and for general riding. I live in SW Ontario - not a lot of snow, and winter only really lasts from about late November to late March at best. Some years, lots of snow; other years, I might shovel the snow only a few times. If it does snow, it tends to be heavier, wetter snow. It does get wet and icy. Relatively cold, but not freezing.
Since getting back into cycling, I've been fascinated with fatbikes (what are those?!), and would like to consider a Surly Pugsley. However, even a used one is a bit pricy. On the other hand, I have an old hybrid that currently takes 26"X2.125" tires.
If it doesn't snow that much, would a Pugsley be overkill? Would it be impractical and too tough riding it on just bare road (that could be icy mind you)? I'm not really an off road type, but I would ride some snow covered trails out in the country just to try! And I'd probably try it out on some rougher trails in warmer weather just because...
Or, would it be more effective to just get some winter tires for my old hybrid? Note that I'm not overly keen on putting much more money into my hybrid: it's a decent bike, but it's getting old, and I was never 100% happy with it.
No fatbikes nearby, nobody I know has one, I haven't even seen one in person around here, so I have no idea on how easy or hard they are to ride and maintain.
... maybe I'm just suffering from N+1 syndrome...
Thanks in advance.