Believe it or not, wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle is NOT compulsory in the UK!!! Most sensible cyclists (ie the ones in "sad git" fluro gear) do wear helmets ... and gloves. This one has been pimped up with a bit of attitude - which is why it will have to be replaced soon with something that looks aerodynamic and protects your head. While of course not making you look like someone who has a very funny shaped head and even funnier hair sticking out at odd angles from underneath it.
Truly sometimes you take your helmet off and wonder who the person with the weird hairdo is that's passing in the shop window, with those with the funny iPhone enabled gloves on.