I live in central Amsterdam, and will soon be leaving the country for several weeks for Christmas. Given that I typically store my bike in one of the public racks (and don't really want to drag it up 3 flights of Dutch stairs to my apartment), what are my options for storing it during that period to avoid theft/impoundment by the authorities?
You are gone for weeks, why not carry it up and down once? That is by far the easiest solution.
Ask a Dutch friend from Amsterdam, they know how to navigate those stairs.
Carry it up to your apartment - that would be simplest and safest.
I ... don't really want to drag it up 3 flights of Dutch stairs to my apartment
Hauling a bike upstairs is indeed a harrowing experience, and I wouldn't recommend it for a few days away, but given that you're leaving for several weeks - it's worth it.
Like @EugenMartynov suggests - try to find a friend, or just a neighbor, to help you carry it up. Anything else would be more time, more effort, more money or more risk - and probably most of them at one. In my opinion.
What are my options for storing it during that period to avoid theft/impoundment by the authorities?
Some other options which I don't recommend:
- Lend your bike to someone.
- Put in in a bike shed at work, or somewhere else the general public can't access.
- Risk it and just leave it locked on some bike rack - but make it someplace where there are always other bikes, so that it never stands out.
- Ask the person on the bottom floor of your building to agree to put it somewhere (maybe in his back yard) - possibly for pay.