I read a scifi short story in an anthology years ago, in which a ship landed on a planet in which all the citizens traded services for other services, and there were a few people who went around collecting all sorts of free goods and labour but were found out and cast out from society. There was someone on the ship who had a bicycle and needed it fixed, I think?

It was quite a while ago, apologies for not having more details.

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    I'm sure you're thinking of "...And Then There Were None" by Eric Frank Russell. One of the spacemen has a bicycle; I don't remember if it needed repairs. Does "planting an ob" ring any bells? I will post a full answer with links after I find my copy.
    – user14111
    Aug 20, 2021 at 23:09
  • @user14111 It does indeed. I found it before I saw this comment, but I appreciate it all the same. Thank you so much!
    – Gryffyn
    Aug 20, 2021 at 23:21
  • Part of a fix-up novel called "The Great Explosion". Get the whole thing. Aug 21, 2021 at 1:52
  • Was about to suggest the same title. Great story. Thanks for suggesting that novel, @EmsleyWyatt, I'd never heard of it before.
    – SQB
    Aug 21, 2021 at 9:28

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I found it, sorry, it's "...And Then There Were None" by Eric Frank Russell. Link here.


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