Now I've done a wee bit I have noticed that there are things that are just done in the Army that you would struggle to get away with in civvy street. I'll go first with this offering. When you lend kit/equipment etc to a mucker, it can be years before you get it back. The thing being, you always have to ask for it back. The longer you leave it, the more embarrassed you feel to ask for it back, until it comes to the point where the borrower is convinced that it's their own piece of kit, and your last four that's stamped all over it is 'pure coincidence'. As for mountain bikes, a soldier can easily expect upwards of 5 bikes to get nicked throughout a career.